Ben Simmons is sick and tired of being the butt of jokes.
By now, everyone knows the story. Simmons had a horrific playoff run, culminating in his Philadelphia 76ers being upset by the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Simmons shot 33 percent from the free throw line against Atlanta – down from the 34.2 percent he had been shooting in the postseason up to that point. All in all, Simmons posted the worst free throw percentage in NBA playoff history for a player with at least 70 attempts.
Understandably, this resulted in him being extremely gun shy and essentially a non-threat offensively. This led to Joel Embiid calling him out publicly, him firing back at Embiid and then the Sixers leaking their asking price for Simmons in the event of a trade – essentially confirming that he was in fact on the market.
Simmons has been catching a lot of shrapnel from multiple directions over the past few weeks, and on Tuesday, he finally decided to fire back.
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“Reflecting back I’ve experienced some amazing highs and with that, some of the lowest lows,” Simmons wrote on Instagram. “Life’s a journey.. I’ll always remain relentless and remain human through it all. Here’s to my 25 year #Relentlesspursuit doing what I love on my bday I’m blessed.”
The message here? Simmons is unbothered by all the chatter. He’s going to keep on doing him, regardless of how it makes the haters feel.
The Minnesota Timberwolves recently emerged as a potential suitor for Simmons, but there is one player they absolutely refuse to include in any prospective deal. That’s problematic.
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 17, 2021
If not the Wolves, there is also a title contender kicking the tires on a potential Simmons trade.
As the days turn into weeks, it is becoming increasingly difficult to envision a scenario where Simmons remains in Philly going forward.
Could it happen? Sure. Will it? Unlikely.