While it’s not personal, Simmons believes that playing around Embiid’s style isn’t conducive to the way he needs to play. After losing Game 7 and another embarrassing offensive performance from Simmons, when asked why his game seems to struggle so much after the first round of the playoffs conclude, Simmons uttered the verbal equivalent of nails on a chalkboard for Sixers fans everywhere: how many assists did I have? What did Trae [Young] shoot? A generous read of that quote says that they were merely two flippant sentences from a defiant and frustrated star, in the heat of the moment. Ah yes, Simmons is done playing with Joel Embiid, who just dragged his torn meniscus through seven games against the Hawks, averaging 30 and 13 in a desperate attempt to vault his Sixers beyond the second round, finally.
The primary reason that we got here today with Ben Simmons and the Sixers is that Ben Simmons has never been willing to make an honest effort to improve his offensive deficiencies.