‘Don’t Give a F**k’: 76ers’ Ben Simmons Hits Back at Critics

Published 01/23/2021, 10:09 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) dribbles up court against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the most dominant teams in the Eastern Conference this season. Despite facing some issues due to the NBA health and safety protocols, the duo of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid has led the 76ers to the top seed in the Conference.

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The change in the front office and the coaching staff has worked wonders for the side. The new signings made by new GM Daryl Morey and new head coach Doc Rivers have created an all-round team centered around Joel Embiid.

Ben Simmons unbothered by critics

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While Embiid is having an MVP caliber season, Ben Simmons has arguably seen a major drop off, leading to the NBA fans being critical of him. But the 24-year-old seems to be unbothered by the same.

In a post game conference, Simmons said, “I’m just focusing on winning and doing what I can for this team… I don’t go on Instagram. I don’t go on Twitter, so I don’t see what people are saying. And I don’t give a f**k honestly.”

The 2-time All-Star is averaging 12.4 points, 8.2 assists, and 8.7 rebounds per game. While Simmons might be seeing a decline in his offensive output, he has taken the reins as the primary distributor in the team.

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After a disappointing playoff series against the Celtics, the 76ers made multiple moves in the off-season. Despite having some tradable young stars like Simmons, the 76ers did not add any big superstars to the side, rather kept their faith in the duo of Embiid and Simmons.

They added some much needed shooters in Danny Green and Seth Curry and drafted a great backup guard in Tyrese Maxey. There were still doubts whether Embiid and Simmons would fit and whether this new-look Sixers could succeed.

Jan 6, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a dunk against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

So far it has worked. With a record of 11 wins and 5 losses, the 76ers have the best record in the East. The addition of shooters like Seth Curry and the resurgence in form for Tobias Harris has taken the offensive load from Simmons. This has led to the 24-year-old becoming an integral piece in their defense.

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Embiid, meanwhile, has dominated the paint and is a front-runner for the 2021 MVP race. Doc Rivers has built a system around Joel Embiid, which has maximized his potential to average 27.3 points, 2.8 assists, and 11.3 rebounds per game.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are finally looking like a cohesive unit. Can they maintain this level of performance and become the best in the East?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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