Gilbert Arenas claims he spoke with Elton Brand and warned him that Doc Rivers would ruin the 76ers and run Ben Simmons out of town
On the most recent episode of No Chill show, Gilbert Arenas talked about a time that Elton Brand asked him about Doc Rivers before the 76ers hired him. His answer was pretty interesting.
Gilbert Arenas said the following about his conversation with Brand
“Doc was going to ruin that team and Ben Simmons was going to be out of there, because Doc doesn’t know how to coach him.”
Okay so there’s a few things to unpack here, starting with the fact that Elton Brand apparently asked Gilbert Arenas for advice on hiring a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. In the video, Arenas states that Brand asked him his advice because “he would do the research”.
That’s a pretty wild statement, even more so when you consider the entire clip started off by Arenas acting surprised about the string of reports stating that the Lakers are interested in Rivers to fill their next head coaching vacancy.
Arenas continues to call Rivers a loser coach that was handed “rockstars” to win a championship, then was able to build his legacy off the said championship. We all know here in Philadelphia that Doc LOVES to bring up the fact that he won the NBA Finals and his legacy so it’s really hard to disagree with Arenas on that point.
Did he actually have a conversation with Elton Brand? Who knows, honestly but Arenas did mention that Elton Brand is an honest guy and always tells the truth so maybe someone should ask him. Arenas said he wouldn’t elaborate on how Brand responded to his comments, so it’s time for Sixers beat reporters to actually do their jobs and follow up on this story.
As for the Ben Simmons part, that’s something I can’t really get behind. No one was saving Simmons from himself. Everyone should know that by now.