In expert sports, the most psychologically draining pipes times are when it feels as if they’re off the video game for a lengthened stretch or when their group is on the losing end of the fight far frequently. Professional professional athletes likewise have myriad anecdotes about the stress of remaining in hard environments, whether it be restricted to the locker space or be an franchise-wide detach.
For three-time All-Star Ben Simmons—a franchise pillar for a seasonal playoff competitor and among the most constant gamers in the league—the latter circumstance has actually caused him all however requiring a trade from Philadelphia.
This regardless of signing a five-year, $167 million max agreement extension with the Sixers in 2019.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul informed the Sixers that Simmons was “mentally exhausted” after 4 seasons with the group.
Pompey includes that Philadelphia might have ignored Simmons’ “state of mind” since of the “four years remaining on his contract.”
Ever because the Sixers’ sensational removal in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, one in which a passive minute by Simmons ended up being perhaps the most talked about play in the sporting world, Simmons has actually gotten a substantial quantity of unfavorable promotion with lots of questioning his hit next to franchise foundation Joel Embiid.
Those concerns are genuine thinking about Simmons’ disposition—if not straight-out requirement—to score in the paint and Embiid’s efficiency scoring inside the arc. However, the method the Sixers—specifically Embiid and head coach Doc Rivers—set about questioning Simmons in the public eye just serves to highlight an unhealthy locker space environment.
Though Simmons is responsible for his psychological lapse in the postseason and just incremental offending advancement because getting in the league, the discourse about him as a gamer has actually marked down that he’s an elite protector (Defensive Player of the Year runner-up last season) and facilitator (he holds the Sixers’ greatest help per video game typical all-time) who is dazzling on the quick break.
Being pegged as the source of the Sixers’ concerns, especially by those within the company, would need to be tiring certainly.