“Philly a Whole Shambolic City”: NBA Twitter Slams 76ers Star Joel Embiid After Ben Simmons Makes Big Claim on Their Relationship

Published 10/15/2022, 8:00 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

Philadelphia 76ers are coming to the 2022-23 season after two consecutive conference semi-finals losses. They traded Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for James Harden, Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, and several draft picks. Despite the big move, they failed to cross the second round in the playoffs last season. Now, playing for the Nets, Ben Simmons recently revealed some details about his fallout with Joel Embiid.

Ben Simmons spent five years in Philadelphia, playing four seasons for the Sixers. Despite playing alongside Joel Embiid for four seasons, the two didn’t have a close relationship. They formed an elite duo in the NBA that was hard to stop, but according to Simmons, they ‘never really had much of a relationship.


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“I don’t talk to Jo,” Simmons told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “We never really spoke.”

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“I don’t think there was really a relationship there. Like in terms of a friendship? You can try as hard as you want to try to be close to somebody, be their friend, whatever it is, but everyone is different as people, so for me, it’s never personal…He’s a great player, we just didn’t get it done.”

The statement from Simmons wasn’t shocking as Joel Embiid has previously let his feeling known about their relationship. However, Simmons’ comments went viral on social media, and NBA fans started trolling Embiid and the Sixers.

NBA fans react to Ben Simmons’ statements on his relationship with Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons’ claim wasn’t shocking to anyone who has followed the Sixers over the years. NBA Twitter was quick to react to Simmons’ statement.

Here are some of the best reactions from NBA Twitter:

Simmons and Embiid had a lot of success playing together in Philadelphia. However, they couldn’t help the Philadelphia 76ers reach the Eastern Conference Finals. The duo finally broke apart when Simmons engaged in a trade standoff with the Sixers during the last off-season, before being traded earlier this year.

Simmons pumped up for Philadelphia return in November

Ben Simmons and his Brooklyn Nets will face the Philadelphia 76ers on 22nd November. The 26-year-old guard faced a lot of flak from Sixers fans and he likely won’t get a warm reception there. He, however, is excited to make his return to Philly.

“F**k, I can’t wait to go there, yeah,” Simmons said.


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Mar 10, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons (10) during warmups before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

“I’ve never been traded and played against a team that I got traded from. Kev has, Ky has, a lot of guys have, but I’ve never been in that situation so — you have to go through it…We want to go out there and prove everyone wrong.”

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Ben Simmons started the Nets’ final pre-season game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and played 13 minutes. The Brooklyn Nets ended their pre-season 2-2 and will face the New Orleans Pelicans at the Barclays Center next week.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

Edited By: Veer Badani