Simmons had thrown some shade at Embiid, saying that their relationship had run its course and that Embiid “Blocks the runways” to the basket, which Simmons needs to succeed. Of course, Ben did not mention whether Trae Young also blocks his runway to the hoop
The juiciest nugget from Embiid’s commentary is what he said about Jimmy Butler. Why would Butler not want to run it back?
Rumors circulated that Butler gave the 76ers front office an ultimatum, it was either Ben or him. Many of us had suspected that the 76ers chose Simmons over Butler, believing Ben to be the younger talent on the way up and that Jimmy was about to decline.