NBA’s Latest Sensation Gives Unpopular Ben Simmons Opinion

Published 10/25/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
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


It’ll take a long, long time for the Philadelphia 76ers to untangle the Ben Simmons fiasco. No day goes by without more twists and turns in the story, and unfortunately, most of them are for the worse. Despite the fact that there is an incredibly intriguing new 2021-22 NBA season keeping us entertained now, hasn’t helped fans move away from gossiping over this saga. This is something even Sacramento Kings’ Davion Mitchell has caught notice of.

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The most recent update about Ben Simmons was that he had a bad run-in with the organization during practice. It not only led to Simmons being suspended for their season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans but also a harsh interview with Joel Embiid. In the interview, Embiid went as far as claiming to not care “about that man“.

In return, Simmons made it clear to the team that he wasn’t mentally prepared to get back on the court. This might be a strategy of Ben and his agents to still get him his salary without playing, working that loophole in the contract. However, it’s not fooling anyone that all Simmons wants is to be traded.

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With so much going on, how can one just focus on the games at hand? So, Rookie Davion Mitchell of the Sacramento Kings recently spoke about how ugly rifts in the NBA can be. So much that they take away attention from what’s really important.

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the second half during game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Ben Simmons saga should not be paid more heed to than the season

On JJ Redick‘s Podcast, Mitchell elaborated on what he feels about the pettiness and drama that goes on in the league. He said, “It’s been crazy. Especially because they still talk about Ben Simmons today and basketball is going on. There are so many games going on, they’re still talking about Ben Simmons. I was like, ‘Man! Leave this man alone.”

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“But it’s crazy to see that how much social media does to the players in the NBA, especially to guys like Ben Simmons. We all know the situation with him, but…”, he concluded. In fact, Mitchell did not appreciate the Lakers’ bench fight between AD and Dwight getting publicized to this level.

However, he, with everyone else agreed, that this is the world that we live in now. And as long as there is controversy, it will sell. And as the famous line states, “All publicity is good publicity”. Maybe there is a silver lining to this as well but will have to wait and watch to see it.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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