Things are happening in Philadelphia.
While chatter and rumours regarding All-Star guard Ben Simmons' future with the Philadelphia 76ers have been an underlying theme of the NBA's offseason, those talks moved to the forefront of discussions after the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reportedthat Simmons no longer wants to be with the franchise and does not plan to report to training camp.
From there, more reports surfaced, including Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports saying that a rift had been escalating between Simmons and his All-Star teammate, Joel Embiid, forcing the 76ers hand into choosing one or the other.
Embiid, who recently signed a supermax extension to remain in Philadelphia through the 2026-27 season, had undoubtedly seen enough, as he took to Twitter to refute reports of a schism between him and Simmons.
Sources "Trust me bro"!! Stop using my name to push people's agendas. I love and hate drama. I love playing with Ben. Stats don't lie. He's an amazing player and we all didn't get the job done. It's on me personally. I hope everyone is back cuz we know we're good enough to win.
- Joel "Troel" Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) September 1, 2021
While Embiid managed to say plenty within Twitter's 280-character limit, the second part of his message stands out most, as he declared that "I love playing with Ben. Stats don't lie. He's an amazing player and we all didn't get the job done … I hope everyone is back (because) we know we're good enough to win."
But how much truth is there to Embiid's declaration?
Whether or not Embiid truly 'loves' playing with Simmons is a matter of his personal opinion, and there's no reason to accuse Embiid of sharing a falsehood on a public forum. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why Embiid genuinely loves having Simmons as his teammate.