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Ben Simmons comments on playing against Philadelphia Sixers after his disgraceful exit from team: “You’re not cool with everybody”

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The Philadelphia 76ers started something a few years ago which became known as “The Process.” The team did not do well for a few years in hopes of netting high draft picks that it could then turn into a winning team. Two of the players the team acquired during that time period were point guard Ben Simmons and center Joel Embiid.

Both players had injury issues that held up the starts of their careers. Simmons missed his first season after being drafted first in 2016, and Embiid, the No. 3 pick in 2014, missed his first two seasons. Once both were healthy, they proved to be a formidable combo. By the 2017-18 season, the Sixers had won 52 games and made the playoffs.

The problems are starting to manifest as the team can’t get over the hump. The Sixers have been to the playoffs the last five seasons and never got past the Eastern Conference semifinals. One glaring issue that came up was Simmons' shooting and/or not taking shots and being aggressive on the offensive end.

This issue caused a rift that led to Simmons ultimately getting traded last season to the Nets in February. Tuesday night was the first time that Simmons took the court in a regular season game against his old team. Simmons was asked about Embiid before the game.

“You’re not cool with everybody," Simmons said. "I think there’s certain people that just you don’t talk to all the time.”
Ben Simmons on his relationship with Joel Embiid:“You’re not cool with everybody… I think there’s certain people that just you don’t talk to all the time.”Says he had a lot of great times with Embiid and wishes him the best. https://t.co/8DZB4RMYTV

Simmons didn’t have anything negative to say about Embiid. The star center is injured and did not play against the Nets, so the two didn’t get a chance to face off on court, but they will always be linked due to their time together in Philly.


The Sixers' tough road ahead

Simmons did not take to the court on Tuesday night against Embiid due to the center’s injury. The former Sixer also did not get to face the man who he was traded for as James Harden is also out due to an injury. The Sixers were also without Tyrese Maxey and may not have him around for a least a month. Without its three best players, they found a way to overcome and beat the Nets 115-106 at home.

SIXERS SADDLED WITH INJURIES 🤕Already without Harden and Maxey, Philly announced that Joel Embiid (left mid-foot sprain) will miss the next two games.#BrotherlyLove #FantasyBasketball https://t.co/OhZOK73TwT

The Sixers will be without Embiid for at least two games. Maxey is set to be out from three to four weeks. Harden was expected to be out for a month, which should have him back around early December.

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Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein
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