In skilled sports activities, probably the most mentally draining instances are when it feels as in the event that they’re off the sport for an elongated stretch or when their crew is on the shedding finish of the battle far too typically. Skilled athletes even have myriad anecdotes in regards to the pressure of being in tough environments, whether or not or not it’s confined to the locker room or be an franchise-wide disconnect.
For 3-time All-Star Ben Simmons—a franchise pillar for a perennial playoff contender and some of the constant gamers within the league—the latter situation has led to him all however demanding a commerce from Philadelphia.
This regardless of signing a five-year, $167 million max contract extension with the Sixers in 2019.
In accordance with Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Klutch Sports activities’ Wealthy Paul instructed the Sixers that Simmons was “mentally exhausted” after 4 seasons with the crew.
Pompey provides that Philadelphia might have disregarded Simmons’ “way of thinking” due to the “4 years remaining on his contract.”
Ever because the Sixers’ beautiful elimination within the 2021 NBA Playoffs, one wherein a passive second by Simmons grew to become arguably probably the most mentioned play within the sporting world, Simmons has obtained a large quantity of unfavorable publicity with many questioning his hit beside franchise cornerstone Joel Embiid.
These questions are reliable contemplating Simmons’ inclination—if not outright want—to attain within the paint and Embiid’s proficiency scoring contained in the arc. Nevertheless, the best way the Sixers—specifically Embiid and head coach Doc Rivers—went about questioning Simmons within the public eye solely serves to focus on an unhealthy locker room atmosphere.
Although Simmons is accountable for his psychological lapse within the postseason and solely incremental offensive improvement since coming into the league, the discourse about him as a participant has discounted that he’s an elite defender (Defensive Participant of the 12 months runner-up final season) and facilitator (he holds the Sixers’ highest help per recreation common all-time) who’s sensible on the quick break.
Being pegged because the supply of the Sixers’ points, notably by these inside the group, must be exhausting certainly.