Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid believes what guard Ben SImmons is doing is "disrespectful" to the team. Shortly after the Sixers exited the playoffs, Simmons requested a trade. The Sixers have been reluctant to trade Simmons, hoping he would change his mind and stay with the Sixers.
Simmons has been communicating with the Sixers through his agent as he made it clear that he never again wants to play in Philadelphia. Simmons has been holding out of the Sixers' training camp as he is determined to be traded.
"The situation is disappointing, borderline kind of disrespectful to all the guys that are out here fighting for their lives," Embiid told reporters at training camp in Camden, New Jersey.
Embiid can't understand Simmons' claims
Embiid pushed back on Simmons' reported belief that the Sixers chose to build around their All-NBA big man in a way that does not fit Simmons' playing style.
"I feel like our teams have been built, whether it's the shooting need or stretch-5 and all that stuff, I feel like [Simmons] always had it here. And we still have it," Embiid said, before listing all the 3-point shooters on the roster.
".. Our teams have always been built around his needs. "It was kind of surprising to see," Embiid said of the report. "We'll say that, even going back to the reason we signed Al. We got rid of Jimmy, which I still think it was a mistake, just to make sure [Simmons] needed the ball in his hands.
That's the decision they made. Like I said, it is surprising." Embiid underlined that the Sixers are a better team with Simmons. "We are a better team with him, there's no question about it. We still hope he changes his mind, but I kind of owe it to these guys to worry about what we have here," Embiid said.
Last week, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers expressed hope Simmons would change his mind. "Well, I hope we can change that thought," Rivers said on ESPN's Keyshawn, JWill, and Max. "That's part of our job."
"The greatest thing in sports is, you know it's fair, you fail at times and then you get back on the horse and try," Rivers said. "You would be amazed if I told you how many times through a summer when you don't win, which is 29 teams, how often you have to go through something similar to this.
Because losing's hard. People internalize it, and you have to deal with it. So we're going to deal with this."