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Ben Simmons is Back (Unfortunately)

FILE - Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons plays during Game 5 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Washington Wizards, in Philadelphia, in this Wednesday, June 2, 2021, file photo. Ben Simmons can't shoot and lost his confidence. He blamed a mental block on the worst free-throw shooting percentage in NBA playoff history. The 76ers head into the offseason faced with a big question - do they try and salvage Simmons or deal the former No. 1 pick. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Amid hearing about Jon Gruden being racist, misogynistic, and homophobic (he covered all the bases) last night during Monday Night Football, I also received some less than amazing news about the Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons is back in Philly. As a Sixers fan, I probably have a few more feelings on the matter than most, but Ben Simmons has made it pretty clear to the entire world that he is a soft, little crybaby over the past few months. 

After playing like complete garbage during last year’s playoffs (teams were employing the hack-a-Shaq strategy because Ben Simmons, an ALL-STAR POINT GUARD, can make free throws), Ben Simmons faced a ton of backlash from Philadelphia fans that he 100% deserved. He became a complete liability to the rest of his team in any kind of post-season clutch opportunity, and he was understandably ridiculed for it. 

Ben Simmons didn’t like that. After the playoffs last year, Simmons ended up cutting off all contact with every member of the Sixers organization. He wouldn’t even talk to Embiid, who not only carried him through the playoffs (and his entire career in Philly for that matter) but also defended him to Philadelphia fans. He wanted a trade, and he made it very clear. But here’s the thing: the rest of the league watched him play in that post season, so there wasn’t a whole lot of interest in a bonafied scrub (shoutout Stephen A.) like Simmons.

Well, now he’s back. He showed up at the Wells Fargo Center to get his COVID testing and all that done, but he also forgot to mention it to anyone in the Sixers organization. So it was a bit of a surprise, but I guess that’s what you get when you cut off all contact with the organization and sit out of pre-season. All I can say is, if Ben Simmons isn’t ready to hear himself be booed for the entire season to come, he better have learned to shoot a three. That’s about the only thing that can save him from the wrath of Philadelphia fans.

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