Fellow Aussie, Ex-Warrior Blasts Embattled Sixers Star.
The war of attrition between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers reached a climax this week when the former was thrown out of practice for lack of participation. Despite the fact that Simmons’ ban was only for one game, there are many worries about his future with the organization.
Andrew Bogut, a 14-year NBA veteran who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, is interested in the situation more than casually.
Despite not being from the same baller generation, Bogut and Simmons have certain things in common. Both are Australian natives and previous first-round picks who, depending on who you ask, may or may not have lived up to their billing.
And Bogut has some opinions on what’s going on right now.
“Ugly. “It’s not pretty,” Bogut remarked of the Simmons scenario on SEN Drive. “In my perspective, it’s not good for either party.” Ben’s perspective: “Training with your phone in your pocket means you’re not addicted to what’s going on.”
Despite how terrible things have gotten, Bogut says he isn’t surprised by what has happened. He even has some ideas regarding Simmons’ strategy.
Why did Simmons bother to show up, according to Bogut
Some have questioned why the three-time All-Star bothered to report to the Sixers at all, given his desire to leave Philly and apparent readiness to sit out as long as it takes to do so. But, according to Bogut, it could just be a case of dollars and cents.
He explained, “My theory, which I believe is plausible, is that he showed up technically, so he needs to get paid.”
The assumption is that Simmons is in town and is at least trying to keep up with what’s going on. So it’s now up to the team to decide whether to send him home, suspend him, or whatever.
“If he accomplishes the minimal minimum and they ask him to leave the club because he’s culturally damaging and just doing what he’s doing, I believe by league regulations if they ask him to leave, he receives his full pay,” Bogut said.
“It’s beginning to resemble a chess game.”
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