In Philadelphia, the hate for Ben Simmons will apparently by no means die. It retains getting renewed by this pundit or that fan from the City of Brotherly Love. Never seen something prefer it.
But it isn’t simply the native media or the man with the worst seats at Wells Fargo Center whose commentary created a little bit of a stir this week. In a common remark throughout an interview on Take Off with John Clark, Daryl Morey talked about how he now is aware of he has to think about whether or not a participant can deal with the Philadelphia sports activities scene. Depending on the place you sit alongside the I-95 hall, that “scene” is 1) intense, and at occasions extremely extremely private or 2) intense and at occasions extremely extremely private … to an excessive!!
As Liberty Ballers, our SB Nation sister web site in Philly, put it:
Daryl says he was stunned that gamers have to have a particular mindset to play in Philadelphia, and he has wanted to discover ways to determine who these gamers are as a part of his expertise analysis. Here’s the clip in addition to a transcription of that portion of the dialog…
“I’d say the most important shock is the gamers who cannot play right here”
“I actually do take note of the mindset of the gamers. Can they deal with enjoying in Philadelphia? Because I do suppose it is a totally different factor”
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— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 15, 2022
Here’s the entire quote, additionally H/T to Liberty Ballers:
“I’d say the most important shock are the gamers who cannot play right here. It’s really not useful to me. The extra choices I’ve, the higher. But I do suppose I’m beginning to be taught and I do find it irresistible about Philadelphia, ‘trigger I do suppose it will get one of the best out of our staff. And I’ve seen it with not solely our staff, the Eagles, and the Phillies.
And I by no means understood this, being in Houston when individuals would say, ‘Oh, you might want to have a particular mindset to play in Philly. You have to have a particular mindset to play in, possibly, New York.’ Although I believe that is much less true. Honestly, I can solely communicate to Philadelphia as a result of I’ve been right here now. I do suppose, I actually do take note of the mindset of the gamers. Can they deal with enjoying in Philadelphia? Because I do suppose it is a totally different factor.”
There shouldn’t be an individual residing inside 50 miles of Billy Penn’s statue atop the Philadelphia City Hall who does not consider Morey was speaking about Ben Simmons. Sorry for the double unfavourable. To be clear, everyone believes the Philly GM was speaking concerning the participant who held out final season, citing psychological well being points (which Morey stated post-trade he believed had been actual.)
The holdout adopted ugly fan and media response to Simmons efficiency in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in 2021 when he handed up a straightforward dunk. The perception was that he did not wish to take a shot as a result of he was afraid to shoot free throws.
Morey has on one other event mentioned Simmons’ “sensitivity.” This from the identical interview the place Morey spoke about Simmons’ psychological well being points, additionally after the commerce that despatched Simmons to Brooklyn and introduced James Harden to Philadelphia.
“I believe figuring out how delicate he was to public feedback that behooved us to be, simply organizationally, extra cautious on that. I believe it is vital you realize your high gamers and their totally different spots the place you must listen.”
This week’s remark comes a couple of weeks after the Sixers and Simmons settled their dispute over whether or not Philly owed their participant any a part of the $19 million in fines they assessed him for his holdout. Terms of the settlement weren’t launched.
The Nets journey to Philadelphia on November 22 to face the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center, the primary likelihood for Simmons to play in opposition to his former teammates. It’ll be his second return as a Net, having sat on the bench and watched the Nets blow out the Sixers, 129-100 on March 10.