Ben Simmons talked candidly about his experiences with the Sixers throughout an look on JJ Redick’s podcast that was launched Thursday. Gina Mizell of the Philadelphia Inquirer shares among the highlights of the interview, together with what Simmons believes was a lack of knowledge from the group about his psychological state.
“I used to be in such a foul place the place I used to be like, [expletive], I’m attempting to get right here and also you guys are, like, throwing all these different issues at me to the place you’re not serving to,” he stated. “And that’s all I wished was assist. I didn’t really feel like I received it from coaches, teammates — I gained’t say all teammates, as a result of there’s nice guys on that staff that did attain out and are nonetheless my buddies — however I didn’t really feel like I received that, and it was only a powerful place for me.”
The podcast marks Simmons’ first public assertion since asking the Sixers for a commerce final summer time, apart from his press convention after being dealt to the Nets in February. Bodily and psychological points prevented Simmons from enjoying for Philadelphia once more, and chronic again ache stored him from taking the courtroom for Brooklyn after the commerce.
Simmons introduced a holdout earlier than the beginning of final yr’s coaching camp, however he finally returned to the staff for 2 practices. His relationship with the Sixers soured even additional after coach Doc Rivers kicked him out of the second observe, however Simmons insists he was “attempting to do the best factor” and wasn’t mentally ready to play.
“I truly spoke to Doc earlier than [the practice I was kicked out],” Simmons stated. “I used to be like, ‘Doc, I’m not prepared. Mentally, I’m not prepared. Please, simply perceive that.’ I attempted to let him know prior, and he was like, ‘Effectively, I’m going to place you in, anyway.’ I’m like, ‘All proper.’ He instructed me to get in. I checked out him. It was like one minute into observe, like, ‘Ben, get in.’
Simmons additionally addressed just a few different controversies, together with his determination to go reasonably than dunk on a crucial play in his final sport in Philadelphia (he admits it was a mistake however explains what he was seeing within the second) and media studies that he had a cellular phone in his pocket throughout his solely full observe final fall (he says it was a rolled-up jersey).
He talked in regards to the fines the Sixers levied in opposition to him within the wake of his holdout, saying his psychological situation was extra essential than monetary considerations, and stated the staff didn’t do sufficient to succeed in out to him earlier than planning to fly a contingent to Los Angeles in an effort to resolve the dispute.
Simmons additionally expressed optimism a few contemporary begin with the Nets, saying New York Metropolis is a perfect spot to wind up after all of the turmoil in Philadelphia.
“I actually didn’t care about who was getting traded for who,” Simmons stated. “In that second, I truly broke down. I needed to have a second on my own, as a result of I used to be sitting within the workplace. I had household round and time was taking place, after which it occurred. It was only a shock, as a result of I spent six years in Philly. I’ve buddies there. Now you’re telling me I’m going to New York. My household’s there, too. It was very emotional for me . I needed to simply sit down and collect myself.”