In an excerpt that teased an upcoming full episode of his in style podcast, “The Old Man and the Three,” JJ Redick, who performed in Philadelphia from 2017-19, obtained his former teammate to remark on his time with the Sixers.
Rather than play for the Sixers in the 2021-22 season, Ben Simmons sat out for months earlier than finally being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, though he didn’t play for that staff both earlier than the season ended. Simmons claimed that psychological well being struggles and a again problem prevented him from enjoying.
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Redick, whose tenure coincided with the rookie season and early skilled profession of Simmons, arrange the query to Simmons, saying, “I have spoken about my love of the city of Philly and how much I enjoyed playing there in front of those fans. That’s not to say that it’s always a perfect environment; it’s a very tough place to play. Do you feel like that the non-shooting was magnified because you were in Philly?”
Simmons didn’t hesitate in his reply.
“People in Philly just want to have something to say about anything about [expletive] anything, man. Like everything. Like literally everything,” Simmons mentioned. “You know, I post a picture of an [expletive] car, or a dog, I have reporters saying, ‘You should be in the [expletive] gym.’ Like, come on, man.”
He continued: “But for sure, yeah, Philly is obviously a sports city. And my experience playing there was incredible. Like for the most part, it was incredible. I had a great time. Fans were unbelievable.”
Then Simmons revealed that he continues to have Philadelphia connections.
“I still have an apartment, so I do hold some real estate in Philadelphia, still,” he mentioned. “I feel like I’m a part of Philly still. But, yeah, it’s just unique. Like even being in Brooklyn now, it’s completely different. Like, this is a different experience for me. Like, I value just that time I did spend in Philly, cause I was able to learn and Grow in that city. I’ve got friends for life there. I’ve got — my brother lives there. I’ve got family there.”
He concluded, “So yeah, Philly is great. I think people think that I hate it.”
Redick’s full podcast episode will air Thursday.