NBA talk-show host Colin Cowherd speaks up about how Sixers’ star Ben Simmons refuses to communicate with his team, and attend training camps
The Philadelphia 76ers had a strong campaign during the 2020-21 regular season. Finishing on top of the Eastern Conference, the Sixers were poised to make a deep post-season run. For a brief period, there were hopes of an NBA Finals run in the camp, but those were all shattered in the Hawks’ series. The Sixers suffered a crushing 4-3 series loss to the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
While there was no pointing of fingers, everyone knew one person who was to blame for the loss. Having a point guard, who was scared to take charge and control the ball, cost the Sixers their title aspirations. Ben Simmons and his reluctance to handle the ball, much less shoot it, cost the Sixers a lot. Hence, ever since the off-season started, his possible trades have been the talk of the town.
Colin Cowherd blasts Ben Simmons for his victim attitude
If one looks at what happened in the Sixers’ camp, it is all Ben Simmons’ fault. Colin Cowherd broke down the entire situation and explained the same. He blamed Simmons for acting the way he is and bashes him for using the victim card.
“Ben Simmons is mad at Philadelphia? He’s been coddled, babied, promoted and protected.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 11, 2021
The Sixers have always been in Simmons’ corner. They drafted him, and he had to miss out an entire season due to injury, yet they stuck. Then they surrounded him with good teammates, brought in stars like Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and exceptional teammates like Seth Curry and more. They brought in a player-friendly coach, an aggressive GM, and yet Ben Simmons can’t do his job. They even gave him a max extension, despite his inability to shoot, being a point guard.
This is unfair to both Joel Embiid and the Sixers. It remains to be seen what Simmons’ future holds, but his dream of being traded to a Cali team may just stay a dream. His actions in the offseason are not helping his case for being a prime candidate to be targeted in a trade.