If the Sixers Build Around Joel Embiid, Jalen Rose Believes Ben Simmons Needs to be Traded

via ESPN

You know how it goes.

When the Sixers win a game, they’re unstoppable. They’re like a SEPTA regional rail train barreling down the tracks towards Primos and Secane. The HEART of Delaware County.

And when the Sixers lose a game, the Process is a failure, everybody must be traded, and Brett Brown should be fired. We’re out here slinging ultimatums.

The game five loss presented us with the latter situation, turned local sports radio upside down, and gave us this ESPN clip:

Of course it’s a theoretical question posed to him by Mike Greenberg.

But I don’t necessarily think Jalen is wrong. The Sixers are certainly struggling when the “game slows down.” Ben Simmons in the dunker spot is a waste. Embiid can’t be sitting on the perimeter.

You see how the Bucks surrounded Giannis with shooters, which opens the paint for him, but that’s not possible with Embiid AND Simmons at the same time, because Joel can’t be on the floor if you’re going to emulate what Milwaukee does with The Greek Freak. You need to play four out, one-in, with that one being Giannis or Simmons. Brett Brown, to his credit, has tried to build a hybrid motion offense to keep everybody happy and make this thing work, but we’re talking about two superstars with overlapping skill sets here, you know? It just is what it is.

So anyway, I think Jalen makes a lot of sense here, but we’ll table further discussion until the Sixers are eliminated or win the whole damn thing. Then we can laugh about it.

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17 Comments

  • Franklin May 8, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Remember when we could have had Kawhi for Simmons and Fultz?

    Reply
    • Joel Embiid fragile ego and balky tum tum and tired muscles May 8, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Kyle,
      Is it true you lost 20 grand on the Lyft IPO and plan to do the same
      with the Uber IPO and this is why you offered that shtty pay to the 60/week slave
      when you posted that job a month ago?

      Reply
  • Ben Simmons, Future Laker May 8, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    The Process is a failure, unless by some miracle they win the Championship this year.

    A half decade of losing on purpose to get Embiid, Simmons and then trade for Butler, Harris and some big, stupid white oaf? That is the net gain of losing basketball games–that people (not many)–paid money to see?! Disgraceful.

    Reply
    • The Greatest Center in NBA History May 8, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      If the Sixers build around Joel Embiid….THEY’RE FUCKED..
      FUCK SIMMONS FUCK EMBIID FUCK THE FUCKING PROCESS THAT FLEECED PHILLY FANS FOR SIX YEARS..AND COUNTING

      Reply
  • Hey Kev... May 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    What did Stephen A. say about last night’s game?

    Skip Bayless?

    Mikey Miss?

    Angelo?

    Keep up the impressive work, Kev.

    Reply
  • Congrats to Kevin! May 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    For getting thru another post without using the N word or some other insensitive racial slur that got him fired at his last job.

    Baby steps Kinker! You can’t spell Kevin Kinkead without K -K-K

    #pottstownproud

    Reply
    • Cant pick where he was born May 9, 2019 at 9:39 am

      He’s from Boyertown. He cannot help he was born into be a democrat & racist that hides behind liberal outrage to call everyone else a racist.

      Reply
      • Jimmy Smitts May 9, 2019 at 10:46 am

        What the hell language are you speaking? You sound like YOU are from that racist shithole of Boyertown, heroin capitol of SE PA.

        Reply
  • So Taguchi - Phillies Legend May 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Everything today is overreaction, but out of all the talking heads, Jalen Rose is one of the few who I would give any credence to…hes a smart guy when it comes to basketball. I do think Ben is approaching “come back next season with a midrange shot or we trade your ass to Memphis” territory. He is the exact same player he was last year with no discernible improvement in 12 months and his current style of play don’t work consistently in the playoffs – to put in as nicely as possible. He needs to have the same type of wake up call offseason that Harden had a few years ago – and Oladipo two years ago – it IS possible.

    Reply
    • sheckler May 9, 2019 at 9:53 am

      I remember Jalen went all-in telling people Jordan was going to make a return to the NBA again like 3 or 4 years ago.

      He swore by this, dude couldn’t have been more wrong.

      Reply
  • Realist May 8, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Better idea before trading Simmons: tell him to shoot right-handed or his ass is on the bench.

    Reply
  • comment awaiting approval May 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    he’s completely on point about the the main issue with this team, at least from an on-court product. The issue resolves itself if Ben decides to work on his jump shot and is able to produce something respectable.

    Reply
  • Fun fact May 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    You can’t be a great nba player if you can’t shoot the basketball!

    Reply
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