Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons stated Friday that the workforce did not do a ok job of holding itself accountable final season, which performed a big function in a disappointing 2019-20 marketing campaign.
“A hundred percent,” Simmons stated when requested whether or not former Sixer Josh Richardson‘s feedback in regards to the workforce’s total lack of accountability on the finish of final season have been correct. “We did not know after we have been going to get a bucket, who was going to get us a bucket. From that to realizing what we would have liked to be in always, folks being held accountable for sure issues, whether or not it is a minor factor, all of it performs a component.
“He positively was proper. We weren’t able to enter that bubble and win. I feel our mindset was off, and accountability is a big a part of successful. So I feel he was positively proper.”
In August, Richardson singled out former coach Brett Brown for criticism, saying he didn’t maintain the gamers accountable. Brown was fired in August.
“He is man,” Richardson stated then. “He is man. He means properly. I simply suppose, going ahead, he is gotta have some extra accountability.
“I do not suppose there was a lot accountability this season, and I feel that was a part of our downside.”
Simmons appeared to additionally place the blame not less than partially on Brown, saying he has seen a change with the arrival of latest coach Doc Rivers through the offseason.
“Bringing in Doc and all these guys in, and Doc’s workforce, with all these coaches round, the maturity has positively risen with the workforce,” Simmons stated. “And I feel it has been nice to see that and see guys be accountable for sure issues and are available right here prepared with a distinct mindset, and in addition having these vet guys are available like Dwight [Howard], Danny Green, that is actually setting the bar. So you realize what to anticipate.”
The 2019-20 season was a nonstop roller-coaster trip for the Sixers. The workforce handled a sequence of accidents that prevented it from having the complete roster collectively for a lot of the season, together with again and knee accidents to Simmons. There additionally was the awkward match of Al Horford subsequent to Joel Embiid within the paint, which led to a different sequence of issues and finally led to Horford getting faraway from the beginning lineup for the primary prolonged interval of his profession.
These chemistry points have been evident all through the season from the skin wanting in, and Simmons stated they prevented Philadelphia — even disregarding the accidents — from being ok to make the sort of run within the bubble that was anticipated.
“You simply cannot come right into a scenario just like the bubble … in case you guys aren’t prepared, and you do not have that chemistry and accountability already, and Doc and I’ve spoken about it,” Simmons stated. “You would inform the groups that have been doing properly within the bubble have been tight-knit and have been held accountable for sure issues occurring, and you would see it. You sort of see it with the Clippers now, with issues which might be popping out. Identical with us. Guys weren’t held accountable, myself included. So you actually see it. A workforce that did properly was the Lakers. The Heat have been taking part in properly; they are a tight-knit group. The Celtics performed properly, and it confirmed within the bubble.”
Maybe the one workforce final season that had its inner chemistry mentioned greater than the Sixers was Rivers’ former workforce, the Clippers. The most recent salvo on that entrance got here earlier this week when Paul George appeared on the “All of the Smoke” podcast and criticized the best way Rivers used him final season.
Simmons stated that from his conversations with Rivers, he has understood that will probably be as much as the gamers to carry each other accountable.
“There’s solely a lot that may occur with gamers and coaches, and that is on the gamers to ensure they’re held accountable,” Simmons stated. “And if they are not going to pay attention and do these sure issues, they are not going to win. However I feel it is an amazing alternative for us, being youthful guys, to have any individual like Doc are available, so we now have to get it performed.”
Simmons, whose season ended with a knee injury within the bubble, stated he’s 100% wholesome and is figuring out totally and with out restrictions on the workforce’s facility. He additionally stated he’s planning to play within the Olympics for Australia subsequent summer time, assuming that he’s wholesome and ready to take action.