Ben Simmons Shocking Comments About Former Team

Published August 29, 2023 at 6:25 PM

After spending 5 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons was traded to Brooklyn in 2022. This move came in the wake of a tense situation between Simmons and the organization, during which Simmons sat out the entirety of his last season in Philly. Originally chosen as the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by Philadelphia, Simmons made 3 All-Star appearances for the 76ers. Despite his achievements, his time with the franchise ended on a sour note, marked by significant fan backlash and abuse. This followed a disappointing playoff appearance in which Simmons underperformed.

Mark Spears of The Undefeated recently interviewed Simmons and inquired about his reflections on his time in Philly. Surprisingly, Ben responded with a positive outlook. Previously, it was believed that given all the dramas and backstage shenanigans, Simmons, who holds the record for the most fines ever imposed on an NBA player due to his tenure in Philadelphia, might harbor negative feelings towards the city. However, he expressed a strong affection for Philadelphia, calling it his second home.

«I had a lot of fun there. It was time for me to go. When I did leave, it was good timing,»
«Obviously, the injury and everything that was going on didn't help. But I think it gave me a chance to really appreciate it. I'll always have love for Philly,»

The Philadelphia 76ers are presently grappling with additional backstage dilemmas, as their current star James Harden has requested a trade. Moreover, rumors have surfaced suggesting that their star center, Joel Embiid, might also be contemplating a trade request depending on the course their team takes in the upcoming NBA season. Given these potential trade scenarios, it wouldn't be astonishing if Simmons were to make a return. In fact, he hinted to Mark Spears that he would be receptive to the idea of rejoining Philadelphia via a trade, especially if the Brooklyn Nets were exploring the possibility of moving him.

«People always ask me like, ‘If you were to get traded again where you want it to be?' I always say, ‘Just Philly. Philly is a second home to me.' And in time, you learn and grow as people. I don't really have anything bad to say about Philly. It was a crazy situation at the end, but it is what it is.»

After trading away Durant and Irving last season, Ben Simmons will be expected to be one of the main stars of the Nets for the foreseeable future. As he enters his second season with the team, there's hope that he can recapture his All-Star form.

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Ben Simmons Shocking Comments About Former Team

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