Thu. May 26th, 2022

Yes, the most hated heel in town this week — or this season — getting a one-syllable swear word is a former No. 1 draft pick.

The Philadelphia meteorologist nicknamed “Hurricane” opened a recent forecast with the grave, “unlike Ben Simmons, we had to show up today.” Glenn Schwartz added, “we gave him every break, every encouragement.”

The prognosis for reconciliation is unclear.

Shake Milton started on point guard against Toronto after Ty Maxey drove the offense in the pre-season opening. On the field, the only debate is who runs the show in Simmons’ place.

“I don’t know if it’s a team that has a starting lineup,” said coach Doc Rivers. “It’s just going to be different guys, different nights. That’s just how we should play. ”

Ben Simmons during the NBA Finals.

Ben Simmons during the NBA Finals.Credit:AP

In an effort to build on last season’s No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers would likely have to land an elite guard in a package deal for Simmons to remain an NBA championship candidate. Raptors coach Nick Nurse knows the feeling of adjusting on the go after losing superstars such as Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry.

“He’s one of their most important guys,” the nurse said. “Every team that loses them feels the effect of it. We have also lost some over the years. I think it takes time, one. Second, you usually feel the effect of it in the playoffs. The guys who have been through those fights are hard to find. And hard to replace until you go through them. ”

However, Simmons’ fall game was the fatal mistake that caused trade demands when he first felt that Rivers and his teammates did not have their backs in the wake of a miserable series against Atlanta. Simmons took the fall – then he wanted out. He has not spoken publicly since the demand for the summer trade, and tea leaf readers are making a mint trying to decipher clues as to how the stalemate will be resolved.

Holdout costs a price.

Ben Simmons merchandise.

Ben Simmons merchandise.Credit:AP

Simmons was hit by financial sanctions with 25% of his salary already withheld, and fines were imposed for missed drills and games, numbers that could hit seven figures, even before the season opener on October 20th.

He has at least one defender: Philly native and comedian Kevin Hart went on the “All The Smoke” podcast and said the city and the franchise should get rid of Simmons.

“Admittedly, this is a three-shooting time in the NBA. It’s not Ben. He’s not that guy. He’s not that guy, ”Hart said. “Because of the media and how they, you know, place things, we somehow forgot all the good he did. Wasn’t he an All-Star? Was he not a defensive team? What are we talking about here? ”

We’re talking about practice!

A fan shop for souvenirs in Philadelphia.

A fan shop for souvenirs in Philadelphia.Credit:AP

Oh, wait, wrong 76ers guard.

Allen Iverson has just as good a chance to fit the Sixers as the Simmons this season, though their gear occupies the same spot in merchandise stores throughout the Wells Fargo Center.

Simmons may be on the NBA clearance stand, but his No. 25 jerseys hung in the team store at the low, low price of $ 134.99, and T-shirts, lavish creatures and Fatheads (for $ 19.99) were all still available .

It took several loops around the course about an hour before the tipoff to find at least one fan wearing Simmons merch. Gerald McDonald, a New Jersey native who moved to Philly this year, wore a No. 25 emblazoned Simmons jersey over a picture of Liberty Bell. McDonald bought it before last season’s playoffs to replace a worn Iverson jersey.

Like the 76ers, he has the buyer’s remorse.

“He doesn’t feel us anymore,” McDonald said. “I’m trying to find out if there is insurance with the jersey. From the looks of it, it looks like it’s over. It’s like a bad break. I think the fans need to make it, so we also think we’re done. ”

McDonald laughed when he noticed that he should have chosen Embiid.

“I was like, Simmons is not bad, why not?” he said.


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