Ben Simmons mentioned in an interview revealed Thursday that he simply needed assist throughout his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, and that many throughout the group did not support him as he struggled with his mental health.
“I used to be in such a foul place the place I used to be like, f—, I’m making an attempt to get right here and also you guys are, like, throwing all these different issues at me to the place you are not serving to. And that is all I needed, was assist,” Simmons instructed former Sixers teammate JJ Redick on “The Old Man and the Three” podcast.
“I did not really feel like I obtained it from coaches, teammates — I will not say all teammates, as a result of there’s nice guys on that group that did attain out and are nonetheless my pals — however I did not really feel like I obtained that, and it was only a powerful place for me.”
Simmons, a three-time All-Star, was acquired by the Brooklyn Nets in February as a part of the blockbuster commerce that despatched James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Sixers. Simmons did not play for both group in the course of the 2021-22 season, present process surgical procedure in April for a again damage, and he had pushed for Philadelphia to commerce him after the tip of the 2020-21 season.
In February, Simmons mentioned that he simply did not really feel like himself throughout his 5 seasons in Philadelphia.
He instructed Redick that he tried “to do the fitting factor” by making an attempt to get again on the courtroom previous to final season — after threatening not to play for the Sixers once more — however he was kicked out of shape by coach Doc Rivers for being a “distraction” after Simmons declined a number of occasions to sub in for a drill. He was in the end suspended for conduct detrimental to the group.
“I truly spoke to Doc earlier than apply. I used to be like, ‘Doc, I’m not prepared. Mentally, I’m not prepared. Please simply perceive that,'” Simmons mentioned on the podcast. “I attempted to let him know beforehand, and he was like, ‘Well, I’m going to place you in anyway.’ I’m like, ‘All proper.’ He instructed me to get in. I checked out him. It was like one minute into apply, like, ‘Ben, get in.’
“I’m like, to start with, nobody’s doing that. You’re doing this on function. And that is how I felt, too. It looks like everybody’s making an attempt to f— with me now. I’m getting fined for not lifting weights, however bodily I’m one of many strongest guys on the f—ing group. So now they’re fining me for little issues. It was only a buildup. Obviously, I did not deal with issues the fitting means, however, additionally, the group did not both, and the individuals who had that energy.”
Simmons, the no. 1 decide within the 2016 draft and one of many league’s prime defenders, reached a settlement with the Sixers to recuperate a portion of the almost $20 million withheld from him, sources instructed ESPN in August.
“I do not care in regards to the cash,” Simmons instructed Redick. “It’s not in regards to the cash for me now. I would like peace and happiness. I need to be in a superb place, and if that prices me no matter it’ll price, that is what it prices. My peace is extra precious than cash.”
He is predicted to be prepared for the beginning of coaching camp with the Nets later this month, becoming a member of new teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
“It’s going to be sick. I am unable to wait,” Simmons mentioned on the podcast. “I’m so excited. Got a brand new quantity, new jersey. I’m simply wanting ahead to it. I believe now we have a particular group. I believe if we get all of it collectively, we’ll be the champions. That’s the tip purpose.”