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:
Jalen Rose says if the Sixers are going to build around Embiid moving forward they will have to trade Ben Simmons. pic.twitter.com/UjNprjwl2X
— John Ledesma (@JohnnyNBA) May 8, 2019
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.