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Since Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers have been engulfed in Ben Simmons turmoil. That was the 20th of June. It was a hundred and forty-two days ago today. Alternatively, four months and twenty days ago. Whatever way you look at it, that’s close to adolescent breakup drama. And Charles Barkley has had his fill of it.
Chuck chastised the Sixers management on TNT’s Inside the NBA for catering to their former franchise point guard too much and too frequently. He believes it’s past time for the 76ers to stop letting a player who isn’t expected to return to dictate the shots.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been embroiled in a Ben Simmons saga.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons reacts to a call against the Brooklyn Nets | Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images
The entire situation started after the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year missed a wide-open dunk opportunity in Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks. The game would have been knotted at 88 in the last minutes if Simmons had tossed it down.
He didn’t, and the Sixers lost, thereby ending Philly’s season.
When teammate Joel Embiid — and head coach Doc Rivers — discreetly called out their point guard at the post-game presser, things soon went off the rails.
When Embiid, Rivers, and the Philadelphia organization sought to pull Simmons back into the fold, the subtly-called-out morphed into open blaming, which was then walked back fully by Embiid, Rivers, and the Philadelphia organization.
The three-time All-Star turned down the offer. Then he began to lose millions of dollars in penalties and attended training camp. He made a full mockery of the issue, Rivers threw him out of practice, and he vanished.
Simmons then sought therapy for mental health difficulties, but he refused to cooperate with the group when they asked him to do so.
The newest step in the drama is that Simmons, 25, has cooperated after the 76ers started fining him again for being recalcitrant.
Barkley, on the other hand, has made it apparent that he is sick of Simmons giving the Sixers the runaround.
Charles Barkley feels the 76ers have gone to great lengths to accommodate Simmons.
“They (Sixers) went over themselves to kiss this dude’s ass,” Charles Barkley said on @NBAonTNT about Ben Simmons’ predicament. It’s time for them to start kicking his behind.”
10 November 2021 — Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip)
Big Ben seems to only react to the organization when he begins losing money, according to the Chuckster. It’s debatable whether or not this is correct. In Barkley’s judgment, however, this is not the case.
The Round Mound of Rebound shouted enough is enough before Philly’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“They begged him to come back at the start of the season….” They wanted to see him, but he told them not to. In practice, he showed there and behaved like a jerk. They desired his return. Then, since he wanted to get paid, he returned, and, as I previously said, he began acting like a jerk, and they booted him out. They offered him another opportunity, saying, “OK, you mentioned you had some troubles,” to which he replied, “No, I don’t want to meet your people,” and they began fining him once again. He’s back now.
“They’ve kissed this dude’s ass, now it’s time for them to kick his ass.”
Charles Barkley on Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers reinstated Simmons’ penalty and expressed “frustration that Simmons had failed to provide basic facts” concerning his treatment, according to ESPN.
What happens next is anyone’s guess, but there doesn’t seem to be any type of solution on the horizon.
The stalemate is still going on, with no end in sight.
Simmons is still looking for a trade. Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, is willing to help, but the famously obstinate GM refuses to part with a valued asset for anything less than what he considers acceptable.
Rumors continue to circulate that almost a dozen clubs are in contact with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Boston Celtics are the most recent addition.
Meanwhile, the Sixers are 8-3 on the floor and lead the Eastern Conference after 11 games. However, Embiid just tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be out for at least the next several games.
With JoJo and a slew of other role players, Rivers and company have been able to get by. Philly is playing a hazardous game now that the 7-foot center is on the shelf and the former Simmons is still missing.
One side will eventually yield. It’s still up in the air as to which side will win and when. Barkley, on the other hand, looks to be above it all.
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