TJ McConnell expressed disappointment in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons saga while in Philadelphia last night
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Indiana Pacers last night in South Philadelphia 129-126.
TJ McConnell, a Process favorite by many in the 76ers fanbase and a big part of the Sixers’ playoff teams during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, came back into town as a member of the Pacers last night and shared some thoughts on Philly and the Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons saga that plagued the city for the better part of last year.
TJ McConnell on Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (via SixersWire)
“Yeah, I mean, kind of building this thing from ground zero and having Joel here when I got here they drafted him and then Ben, the whole process,” McConnell said. “I kind of just wanted to see that that thing come full circle and the fact that didn’t, that’s life in sports, but yeah it was disappointing for sure, but they’re both great guys.”
There will always be a big “what if” lure around Embiid and Simmons. The Sixers were a team that went full tank mode to stockpile draft picks and walked away with two number ones in Simmons and Fultz, while having the worlds best center fall into their lap and nothing ever came of it.
Times have certainly changed for the 76ers in the city of Philadelphia. The Process years are dead and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. I understand a ton of people praise the process as some type of renaissance of Philadelphia basketball but I completely disagree. It was one of the darkest moments in Philadelphia sports history and looking back at the last few years it couldn’t be more clear that The Process was a failure.
Keith Pompey reminded Twitter how far we’ve come just over the last three years by dropping this gem.
Anyways, the entire Ben Simmons saga is settled and I’m beyond happy that he’s no longer here in Philadelphia, which is saying something because I was one of the last people on the “Simmons Return Train” last season before things fell apart and we ushered in a new era of Sixers’ basketball with James Harden.
With the win against the Pacers, the Sixers improved to 23-14 on the season and still remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.