The Philadelphia 76ers will run things back next season if Joel Embiid has his way. One day after it was reported that Ben Simmons told Sixers coach Doc Rivers and a group of people in the front office that he wants a trade and won’t be reporting to training camp, Embiid turned to Twitter to express his displeasure with the situation.
Embiid made it a point to respond to a claim from USA Today Sports that he and Simmons are having a falling out. Before delving into his connection with Simmons and how he believes the team’s failure to advance past the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs this season was “on me personally,” the 2020-21 NBA MVP runner-up highlighted that he believes he is being used “to push people’s agendas.”
While he was critical of Simmons passing up a dunk in the team’s Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Embiid hasn’t spoken out about the goings on with Simmons this offseason. He did take to Twitter in the aftermath of the report of his running mate’s desire to leave Philly, he was more interested in trying to suss out what his favorite soccer team, Real Madrid, was going to do as the transfer window in Europe came to a close.