Joel Embiid responds to the recent reports on Ben Simmons via Twitter
Joel Embiid spent yesterday tweeting about Real Madrid, but today he decided to weigh in on the Ben Simmons situation. Embiid made light of the recent news, saying that the fans should feel shame for believing every report about Ben. After what seemed to be the final mail in the coffin of the Simmons era in Philadelphia, Embiid has shared some hope in saying that he took personal responsibility in their postseason loss, and hopes that everyone is back next year because he believes they are good enough to win a championship. Joel also mentioned that he “Loves playing with Ben.”
Earlier this morning, Chris Broussard reported that Ben Simmons would be open to playing for any one of the other 29 teams, just anywhere but Philadelphia. Genuinely laughable that anyone believes this guy anymore, regardless of this situation. These types of reports are textbook after a player requests a trade and it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if Broussard was “told” this by none other than Klutch Sports in efforts to help boost Ben Simmons’ trade appeal. Rich Paul is literally an idiot if he thinks stuff like this will work.
Going from a guaranteed change of scenery, to Joel openly saying that he wants Ben back, the tides have shifted entirely. All it took was an anonymous report from a Western Conference executive to get the whole city to pull out their pitchforks, and Embiid has changed the narrative in three tweets. Simmons appears to survive another day, and I hope we can all find the ability to realize that this is the best option.
Embiid also called out Philadelphia fans, telling them they need to be better as well. As much as everyone wants Ben to improve, the same goes for all of you that are so quick to be at a players neck when they aren’t playing well. Everyone champions mental health until it comes to a player who is underperforming. Joel Embiid comes to the rescue today, as he always has, and one thing we can all agree on is that we are all eternally grateful for this man. Why is it that Embiid is always the one to speak on 76ers organizational issues? Well, that is a question for another day.
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