Nets’ Ben Simmons shares his 76ers story, says infamous pass play vs. Hawks ‘horrible’


simmons 1g Nets' Ben Simmons shares his 76ers story, says infamous pass play vs. Hawks 'horrible'

A Interview on JJ Reddick’s podcast, “The Old Man and the Three,” Ben Simmons said he doesn’t want to do anything different during his tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers. That play

“No, because I won’t be here,” Simmons told his former teammate. “Yeah, I don’t think you could say ‘that was a complete game’ if I’d gone up and sunk the ball — like, come on. I think what I didn’t do was go through the last year and a half and I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

For starters, Redick Simmons doesn’t have to be asked about this directly The infamous pass To Matisse Thybulle in Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks. After Simmons mentioned it, Redick said, “For whatever reason, that’s the play everybody’s talking about.” Simmons joked that it was a “hundred-point basket” and then explained the sequence from his point of view as he did after the game: He swung the baseline and mistakenly assumed Trae Young and Danilo Gallinari would compete with him. Shot, sent to Thaibull.

“I am thinking, Well, quick pass, he’s going to snag it, Didn’t know there was a lot of space,” Simmons said. “It happened so quickly, you read it. And in the playoffs you have to make the right decisions most of the time. For that moment, I mean, bro, it happened and I, Well, f—, now we have to make another play. I think so. I don’t understand how everyone keeps posting. I’m like, It was huge?”


Redick admits Simmons is changing the baseline and doesn’t know how open he is. In the video, he told Simmons it was too bad.

“Yeah I know,” Simmons said. “F—, that looks terrible, and when I look at it now, I, Man, I should have hit that shit. But it didn’t happen. And I was right. I can live with that. I can live, well, everybody’s trying to kill me in a play. Does everyone want to watch a movie with me? Like, the whole stadium? I can take everything apart if you want. But that is not realistic.”

Simmons and Redick played together in Philadelphia from 2017 to 2019. On the podcast, Simmons joked about recruiting Redick via text during the 2016-17 season, Redick’s final year with the Los Angeles Clippers. “You basically screwed up,” Redick said. Both fondly remember the Sixers’ 16-game winning streak to end the 2017-18 regular season, with Simmons being the star of the show as Joel Embiid was sidelined. “For me, it’s basketball,” Simmons said. “Growing up in Australia, it’s basically the way we play — obviously not everyone is super athletic, it’s different when you get to the States — but it’s moving the ball, it’s cutting, it’s passing, it’s running. That’s basketball. .”

Those good times didn’t last. Simmons, now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, requested a trade after the loss to the Hawks and publicly clashed with the Sixers, saying he wasn’t mentally ready to play. Redick asked if the Atlanta series exacerbated his already-existing problems.

“Like a lot of people do, I’ve already dealt with a lot of things mentally in life, you know,” Simmons said. “But after that series, I get — it’s like you need to get that support or that comfort from people. I didn’t get that either. So that was a lot, and it took a toll on me, and then mentally, I — it killed me, I was like, f—, no energy for anything, I was in a dark place. It took me a long time. The first thing I recognized was, OK, I’ve got to get better. It’s not a physical thing. It’s a mental thing.”

Acknowledging it was “a big step for me,” Simmons said. Now, he’s “in a better place,” he said. “Now I’m comfortable talking about it. But those were some dark days for me. Especially, you know, f—, everything in public. That’s the crazy part. But yeah. Everyone goes through different struggles, some bigger than others. But to each his own. There were fights. I think it was tough for me, knowing that I didn’t really have that support, teammates or whatever it was at the time.”

Redick, while he loves Embiid and Doc Rivers, said, “They threw you under the bus after Game 7. That’s undeniable.”

“Sure,” Simmons said. “Sure. Yeah.”

Regarding his non-playing fine, Simmons said: “It’s not about the money for me right now. I want peace and happiness. I want to be in a good place. If it costs me what it will, that’s what it will cost me. My peace is more valuable than money.”

When Rivers kicked him out of the gym late in training camp, Simmons said: “I at least tried to do the right thing. I’m trying to do the right thing, no matter what, the team, my teammates, no matter what. I’m not there to play. I No. I couldn’t do it. I actually talked to the doc before practice because I was kicked out of that practice that day. I was like, ‘Doc, I’m not ready. Mentally, I’m not ready. Please understand that.’ I tried to let him know in advance. He was like, ‘Okay, I’ll put you in anyway.’ And I was like, ‘Okay.’

“He asked me to come in,” Simmons continued. “I looked at him. It was like, ‘Ben, get in.’ Well, it seems like everyone is trying to hang out with me now. I get penalized for not lifting weights, but physically I’m one of the strongest guys on the f—ing team. So I, Now they fine me for little things. It’s just a buildup — obviously I didn’t handle things the right way, but neither did the team. And those empowered people.”

Redick asked Simmons if he and the organization had irreconcilable differences.

“Yes and no,” Simmons said. “For me personally, I’ve been trying to get to a good place to get back on the ground. So it’s never been — getting on the ground is my priority. And I’m trying to get myself to a good place mentally. To do that, I’ve been in a really bad place. f—, I’m trying to get here and you’re throwing all these other things at me where it’s not helping. And all I wanted was help. I don’t feel like I got that from the coaches, the teammates — I wouldn’t say all the teammates because there are great guys on that team who are still my friends. But I didn’t feel like I got it. And that was a tough spot for me.”

On the report From athletics Most of those teammates He wanted to fly to Los Angeles and convince him to rejoin the team In late September, Simmons said: “You want to fly out now when training camp starts? I was in L.A. for months. Nobody came. Nobody came. You could have. Now you want to. Make it public that you’re flying out? That’s stupid. Nobody got on that plane. . Come on, man. That’s the truth. There were guys in LA who didn’t say anything to me.”

Despite all of this, Simmons, “for the most part,” held his own “Unbelievable” time in Philadelphia. He also said he wasn’t himself in the Hawks series.

“It’s a build up over time,” Simmons said. “I was like distracted. I pushed it to the side and didn’t address my mental health. And I — it’s hard to do that when you really don’t know, f—, why? I feel this way, why do I feel this way? Different things, and once I was able to really talk about it, oh shit, I want to — I want to get myself right, I want to get to a good place mentally and be able to do my job and learn to deal with the things that I’m dealing with in the right ways and not spiral downward, because a lot of people go through that. They go and never notice it.”

Simmons hasn’t played in an NBA game since that series and had surgery in May. In the podcast, he said he “can’t wait” to get on the court. He also invited Redick to come out of retirement and sign with the Nets.



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