Earlier this season, Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons saw his name appear in trade rumors Houston Rockets looking for a new home for star goaltender James Harden, Sixers are said to be interested in landing former league MVP Acquiring Harden would have cost the Sixers Simmons and, for a while, it looked like Simmons would indeed travel to Houston. In the end, Harden was instead traded to the Brooklyn Nets and Simmons stayed with the Sixers.
Even if he wasn’t really upset, having your name mentioned in trade rumors might be a tough thing for a talented young player like Simmons to swallow. Fortunately, his teammates supported him In a recent interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic, Sixers forward Tobias Harris revealed what he told Simmons about the rumors and how he could have helped Simmons focus on the bigger picture.
“We have a bunch of guys who are professionals, grown men Unless someone wants to be traded, no one wants to pack all of their stuff and go out, ”said Harris “So in that case you hear these rumors and they are out there and there is a possibility that they will happen, so you can feel that kind of stress on another player. Meanwhile you just let things go with the flow but we knew and I had conversations with Ben too I thought to myself, “The only way to become untradeable, pretty much, is to win a championship.»If you win a championship, no one separates (this) team You will add parts to the team, but you will not break the basic parts
“That was one of the things I think it was a little motivating [for him] I’ve always been motivated by it in general, but I think it was motivating for someone like him because I think it was the first time that he actually actually heard his name in these rumors, is not it? In this measurement So as a group we said to ourselves, “We have to win We have to show that we can win basketball games collectively”That was just the goal, but those things were definitely creeping in, but I thought we did a good job blocking that out and playing “
Simmons, who would have been delighted if a deal failed, appeared to take it all in stride as he played one of the best basketballs of his career in recent weeks He scored 42 points, a career-high against the Utah Jazz last week, and is currently ranked ninth in the NBA in assists per game of the season. He is also a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year When he addressed the rumors last month after Harden was traded to Brooklyn, Simmons seemed like a player ready to move on.
“I mean, it’s a business,” Simmons said “Things like that happen The only thing I can control is the way I approach my work, my games and my daily life So you know I’m just trying to be professional, do the right thing and help my team win “
As a player, Simmons uses the right approach He can’t control what is said about him, but he can control his performance on the pitch, and recently his performance on the pitch has been extremely productive. If he can keep raising his game, the sky’s the limit for Philadelphia
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