Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid Hits Back After Rumors Insinuating a Rift Between Him and Ben Simmons

Published 09/01/2021, 10:55 AM EDT
May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


This situation tensions Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers has been turning into another James Harden and Houston Rockets situation. After their poor outing in the last season, Simmons was at the center of all the criticism. Everybody was pretty certain that Ben will be saying his goodbyes to the franchise in the offseason. But instead, there have been a lot of twists and turns in this story. With the media involving Joel Embiid as one of the reasons for Simmons wanting to leave has surely pissed Embiid off and this is how he took it out.

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At first, it seemed like Philly will eagerly ship Ben Simmons this offseason, after their unexpected early exit. In fact, everyone was certain of it. But the Sixers have been pretty adamant so far about the kind of deal they want in return for their point guard. Ever since their over-the-top deal with the Golden State Warriors fell apart, nothing else has come to fruition. And then, everything hit the ceiling.

A report about Simmons openly asking to be traded and declaring he will not be showing up for training camp was the first sign of things blowing out of proportion. And eventually, Embiid was dragged into the conversation. There were rumors about Embiid being unhappy with Ben and that they were having problems with one another even before their playoff exit. However, Joel has come out to set the record straight.

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Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Joel Embiid bashes media for putting out incorrect details

He explained how Ben wasn’t the only one to blame for their poor season. He wrote, “Sources “Trust me bro”!! Stop using my name to push people’s agendas. I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Stats don’t lie. He’s an amazing player, and we all didn’t get the job done. It’s on me personally. I hope everyone is back cuz we know we’re good enough to win.”

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Along with this, he also took shots at the media for putting out a false image of their relationship. “From my own experience, y’all have no idea how much this media makes up stuff for followers, and shame on you for believing them,” he posted.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are left with no choice but to eventually find a way to trade him. Because if he does do as he says, not showing up to training camp will do them no good. With the interests of Minnesota Timberwolves rising in Simmons, only time will tell if a deal is struck or not.

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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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