Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons has admitted that his team had accountability issues last season but he hopes that will change this season with the arrival of well-known and respected coach Doc Rivers. Brett Brown, a longtime 76ers coach, was fired after Philadelphia was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.
The 76ers -- who had Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford on their roster last season -- entered the last season with big expectations but ended their season with a disappointing result. Josh Richardson, a former 76ers player, said Philadelphia lacked accountability and that was one of the reason behind their unsuccessful run in the Orlando bubble.
"One hundred percent," Simmons said when asked whether former Sixer Josh Richardson's comments about the team's overall lack of accountability at the end of last season were accurate, per ESPN. "We didn't know when we were going to get a bucket, who was going to get us a bucket.
From that to knowing what we needed to be in at all times, people being held accountable for certain things, whether it's a minor thing, it all plays a part. "He definitely was right. We weren't in a position to go into that bubble and win.
I think our mindset was off, and accountability is a huge part of winning. So I think he was definitely right."
Simmons agreed with Richardson's comments
Richardson, who spent one year with the 76ers, is a now a Dallas Maverick.
"He's a good guy," Richardson said then. "He's a good man. He means well. I just think, going forward, he's gotta have some more accountability. "I don't think there was much accountability this season, and I think that was part of our problem."
The 76ers have kept their trio of Simmons, Embiid and Harris, while they added Dwight Howard and Danny Green to their roster. Once again, the 76ers enter the season with a talented roster and big expectations. "Bringing in Doc and all these guys in, and Doc's team, with all these coaches around, the maturity has definitely risen with the team," Simmons said.
"And I think it's been great to see that and see guys be accountable for certain things and come here ready with a different mindset, and also having those vet guys come in like Dwight [Howard], Danny Green, that's really setting the bar. So you know what to expect."