Ben Simmons went from messiah to pariah, faster than nearly anyone in Philadelphia sports history. One minute he is the savior of the city alongside Joel Embiid. Then he passes out of a dunk leading to his team losing. He follows that up by throwing a hissy fit all Summer long, and he becomes public enemy number 1. Everyone assumed when he was traded, that was the end of Ben Simmons and the Sixers forever. Which is fair. Usually, that is the type of thing that ends a relationship forever. But maybe not? Ben Simmons spoke recently and suggested that he may be interested in playing for the Sixers again.
“I’ll always have love for Philly. People always ask me like, ‘If you were to get traded again where you want it to be?’ I always say, ‘Just Philly. Philly is a second home to me.”
I’m sorry, but what? A couple of years ago, you wanted nothing to do with Philly or the Sixers. You refused to even play or practice while awaiting a trade. He was telling his teammates not to come out to LA and see him. His agency at the time, Klutch Sports, was leaking nonsense to the media to try and make the Sixers look bad. Now you want to come back?
Is this Ben Simmons trolling us? Or did he mature over the last two seasons of barely playing Basketball and seeing his reputation as a basketball player take a nosedive? And if he did want to come back, would we even accept him? Philly fans have matured a bit, evident from how we treated a struggling Trea Turner. But accepting Ben Simmons back would be a whole new level for Philly fans, who have good reason to hold a grudge against the former Sixers All-Star.
Most likely, it is just him talking. Ben is not a fix to the problems the Sixers have, and we have seen this team flounder with him as the PG. Unless he finally decides to shoot, it is not clear how a 2nd run with Simmons would be any different than the first. So a reunion is not in store for the two sides any time soon. It is just another baffling chapter in the story that is Ben Simmons.
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