Sixers Buzz: Georges Niang rips Ben Simmons on during radio appearance
Georges Niang and Kate Scott joined the John Kincade Show on 97.5 The Fanatic this morning and as expected, Niang certainly did not hold back when talking about the 2021-22 Sixers.
Georges Niang: “Ben (Simmons) handicapped us last year”
While Georges Niang never even played a game with Ben Simmons in Philadelphia, he still had plenty of opinions on the situation that unfolded last year, which honestly, makes sense.
In Niang’s first season with the Sixers, he thought he was joining a team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as franchise cornerstones but instead, walked into a situation where the first half of the season was a complete circus until Ben was finally dealt to Brooklyn at the trade deadline.
Georges Niang says had ‘a lot’ to say about Ben Simmons, most notably, “Ben Simmons kinda handicapped us”
For those at work and can’t listen, Niang commented on the fact that Ben quit on the team and left his teammates out to dry, while dealing with the constant uncertainty on the situation and the lack communication about Simmons and what he was expecting to do last season.
Niang is a good listen. You can find the whole interview on YouTube and if you have time, it’s worth listening to. Sounds like he’s one of the more vocal leaders in the locker room, as well as on the court. If you recall, was all up in Ben’s face when the Nets returned to Philadelphia back in January and was ready to basically throw hands with Simmons during the game while trash-talking Kevin Durant into oblivion.
Side Note: For those who still care, Ben Simmons has been completely removed from the Brooklyn Nets’ rotation.
It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come since the drafting of Ben Simmons. A player who once looked like a generational star in this league has been the center of drama and can’t even make a contending team’s rotation. Just a wild (and sad) ride for Ben.
The Sixers got a huge win on Thursday night, beating the insufferable Memphis Grizzlies 110-105 on an entire team effort. The team sits at 39-19 on the season, 20 games over .500, and will take on the East-leading Boston Celtics at home on Saturday night.