Ben Simmons & Philadelphia 76ers Saga Set to Take a SHOCKING U-Turn, Claims Reports

Published 09/16/2021, 12:10 AM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The relationship between Ben Simmons and the Philly fans has gone down south. Despite playing for the franchise for a long time, Simmons has not lived up to the potential he showed from his early days. The playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks proved to be the final nail in the coffin. After facing backlash from the fans, Simmons called it quits; thus, the point guard was prepared to leave the team. However, recent reports have emerged, stating he may continue playing with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Despite the long-standing faceoff between the team and the player, an NBA source has claimed that the player may stay with the Sixers via Twitter.

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This would be a shock considering the broken relationship between Simmons and the fans. Moreover, most of the fans booed him during the playoffs because of his lack of conviction in playing basketball. Significantly, the move will be a welcome change for both the franchise and the player. However, can Simmons recapture the faith of the Philly faithful?

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The ability of Simmons is never in doubt. After arriving in Philadelphia in 2016, fans dubbed him as a special player with his incredible physicality. However, in terms of progression, his lack of shooting has frustrated the fans for a long time.

Jun 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after dunking against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter in game two of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Everything went berserk after he passed on an opportunity to put the ball in the basket while being open. This sparked outrage from the fans as their hopes of him becoming a superstar faded away. With Simmons being vocal about leaving the team, the fans did not take it well as they want the player to get out of the franchise.

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Thus, this U-turn will be incredible for both the player and the franchise. Will the fans accept him back or do they still want him to leave?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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