What If Ben Simmons Returns A Changed Man?
The Philadelphia 76ers continue to shock the world. Just when you think it can’t get any more bizarre with Ben Simmons, it gets more bizarre. That has been this entire era of Sixers basketball. I don’t want to revisit any of the events from the past. Let’s just debate the present and the near future.
For those that don’t already know, I am notorious for changing “sides” as the people say on the Ben Simmons train. (If there is a train anymore.) My explanation for that mindset is I believe in human nature. Humans feelings can change like the wind. Stop kidding yourselves. If your significant other cheats on you; are you not going to change your opinion on that person? Just like when Simmons would have a dominant game after only scoring 4 points the night before.
While everyone, or the large majority continues to push for a Simmons departure, I am here today to provide something different. Through all the madness, what if this was the defining moment for Simmons? What happens if he returns and brings a different Ben Simmons on and off the court? While the chances may be slim, I don’t think anyone saw him actually returning to Philadelphia being a possibility…
I would prefer to trade Ben Simmons. But you simply can’t afford to trade him while his stock has never been lower. If he is willing to at least report to the team and maybe even play, that is what’s best for the Sixers right now. What’s even better, is Simmons returning with a jump shot and better yet, a new sense of accountability. Simmons sitting out of games and getting fined doesn’t help anyone. It just makes matters even worse.
Daryl Morey is only going to trade Ben Simmons if he gets an elite player in return. Otherwise, he would have traded him by now. If Simmons can return and show some improvement, the Sixers will have options. Either attempt to fix this one last time, or trade Simmons by the deadline for a disgruntled star.
I’m not gonna lie, I feel absolutely insane as I attempt to conclude this. I just wanted to visit a different angle for once. Why not though? It gets really old just being negative all the time. At least we finally got some different news for a change. The last four months have been the same old report about Ben Simmons coming out. I will say this, this week is going to be very entertaining. Strap your seatbelts Sixers fans.
Mandatory Credit; USA Today Sports