While it might have been difficult to watch Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers‘ former top pick, depart in free agency last year, at least one good came out of it. Rather than read between the lines and divine the behind-the-scenes feelings, everyone now feels free to share it all.
That includes Danny Green, the Sixers’ former glue guy who had a front-row seat to the Cold War between Simmons and Joel Embiid. And on his podcast Inside the Green Room, Green revealed that the situation was so volatile that he actively avoided any Embiid-Simmons matchups in practice when Simmons returned from a holdout in the preseason.
I had the opportunity to give Joel [Embiid] the ball against Ben [Simmons]. For the sake of keeping the energy well, I swung the ball across the floor away from that matchup because I don’t know what Joel -– because Joel is known to have some chippy plays in him as you have seen throughout his career. He’s not the one to back down anything or hide his feelings or emotions and I know there was probably some frustration with him and who knows how it would have came out during that play, but I thought it was smarter and safer for us as a group to try and keep –- if we were trying to bring him back -– to move the ball to the other side of the floor.
Green also revealed that, if given the chance to do things over again, he would absolutely have forced an Embiid-Simmons clash.