Ben Simmons asked for a trade from the Sixers before the season and the Sixers have one week to trade him.
He plans to sit out the whole season if he’s not traded and it looks like that’s going to happen.
Ben has gotten a lot of criticism for how he’s handled his holdout from pretty much everyone who talks about basketball and it probably won’t end until he’s traded.
One of the bigger names to give him some criticism is Shaquille O’Neal. While on Inside The NBA, Shaq called Ben a crybaby, said he didn’t respect him, and he would get rid of him.
The Lakers legend called Simmons a “crybaby” last week and said he doesn’t “respect” him while refusing to name the Australian All-Star. Shaq was comparing Simmons to Embiid, who has carried the load in Philadelphia in Simmons’ absence.
Simmons has not played a single game this season after he asked for a trade in the offseason during a summer holdout with the team. He later skipped training camp and informed the Sixers that he did not feel mentally ready to play.
The 31-20 Sixers are more than just surviving without Simmons. Philadelphia entered Thursday in third place in the Eastern Conference, a game and a half behind the first-place Bulls, thanks to Embiid and the ever-improving play of Tyrese Maxey, Simmons’ replacement at the point.
Ben apparently didn’t like that because Shaq said he slid in his DMs to let him know how displeased he was and that they’re supposed to be LSU brothers.
I wonder what Simmons said, maybe Shaq will elaborate more, even though some of those things should remain private. I am not sure if there is anyone on Simmons’ side. Even the people who don’t like Daryl Morey seem to be sided with the Sixers.
What does Adele think of all this?
This whole situation needs to end sooner rather than later.
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