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Ex-Sixers star Ben Simmons drops NSFW bombshell on ‘People in Philly’

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Apparently there is a big misconception out there regarding Ben Simmons. The professional basketball player, who refused to shoot — or engage in rigorous training — during his career with the Philadelphia 76ers, actually loved the city of brotherly love.

Was he playing with everyone’s emotions the whole time? Simmons, a three-time All-Star in five seasons with the Sixers, recently sat down with JJ Redick’s Old Man & The Three Podcast for a bombshell interview. The full version will be released on Thursday, September 22, but Redick – a teammate of Simmons for two years – released a snippet.

In it, Simmons reveals he loved his time in Philly and called Sixers fans “amazing.” One problem: They have something to say about everything, such as his inability to develop a sweater. That and the local media sometimes mistreated him.

“People in Philly just want to have something to say! Like everything, like literally everything.” Simmons told Redick. “I’ll post a picture of a damn car or a dog and reporters say you should go to the damn gym. come on man But yes, sure. Philadelphia is obviously a sports city. And my experience playing there was incredible. For the most part it was incredible. I had a nice time. The fans are incredible.”

Still shocked? Wait, this unexpected love story gets better. Simmons still owns real estate in Philadelphia and his brother lives there. Brooklyn doesn’t bring the same atmosphere.

“I still have an apartment there, so I still own some real estate in Philadelphia. So, I’m, you know…I still feel like a part of Philly. But, yes… it’s just unique. Like even being in Brooklyn now, it’s totally different. This is a different experience for me.

“And you know, I cherish this time that I spent in Philly because I was able to learn and grow in this city. And I made friends for life there. I have … my brother lives there like I have family there. So yeah, Philly is great. I think people like having a thought that I think I hate.”

Simmons sat out the entire 2021-22 campaign as he cited an ongoing back injury coupled with mental health issues for his absence. He underwent successful “microdiskectomy” surgery (via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski) in May to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. By all accounts, Simmons is 100% healthy.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith recently said he’s spoken to Simmons and he’s ready to go. He plans to make his debut in uniform with the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on October 19. It will be his first time playing in a real game since missing an open dunk in the playoffs on June 20, 2021.

“I’ve spoken to him privately, he’s convinced me that his issues are very, very real … But he’s convinced me that he’s ready to go this season,” Smith told the Rich Eisen Show. “First, I want to applaud the Brooklyn Nets for finally doing something right as an organization.”

Sixers President Daryl Morey has been accused of targeting Simmons during an appearance The start with John Clark. He never mentioned the diva point guard by name, but the implication was clear: There are players who just aren’t big enough to succeed in Philly.

“I would say the biggest surprise is the players who can’t play here. It’s actually not helpful to me,” Morey told Clark. “The more opportunities I have, the better. But I think I’m starting to learn, and I love it about Philadelphia…because I think it brings out the best in our team. And I haven’t just seen it with our team, the Eagles and the Phillies.”



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