The ongoing saga between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers continues to captivate the NBA.
In the latest turn of events, Simmons returned to Philly last week after maintaining for months that he would not do so. Despite claiming he was ready for things to get ugly between him and the organization he desperately wants to be traded from, he ultimately immediately relented after the front office put the tiniest bit of financial pressure on him.
Now the question is: where do all parties involved go from here?
Will Simmons be able to play comfortably alongside the teammates he completely ignored and rejected all offseason? And what about said teammates. Can they truly accept him back into the fold after everything has transpired? (Based on Danny Green’s savage comments from this week, probably not.)
On Saturday, 76ers legend Allen Iverson decided to intervene. Despite complaining recently about how the franchise had disrespected him, the 46-year-old decided to lend a helping hand.
In a rather blunt tweet, he implored Simmons to put his head down and do what was necessary in a 7-word tweet:
— Allen Iverson (@alleniverson) October 16, 2021
Recently, a blockbuster trade between Philly and the Los Angeles Clippers was floated.
If it ultimately comes to fruition, it could solve a lot of problems. But if it doesn’t, Simmons could be in for a long and awkward next few months with the 76ers.
When Terry Bradshaw saw what Erin Andrews was wearing, he couldn’t help himself. https://t.co/Yg0qPqcErK
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 15, 2021
And if that ultimately occurs, he’d be wise to take Iverson’s advice.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.