Danny Green was good for the Sixers in 2020 and they could have used him in that Hawks series. He only played 2.25 games before injury forced him out for the remainder of the playoffs and resulted in Furkan Korkmaz replacing him in the starting five.
At 34 years old, he’s in the twilight of his career, but fit nicely as a 3 and D player alongside Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Seth Curry, so the Sixers went out and signed him to a two-year deal worth $20 million dollars, keeping that starting lineup intact.
Daryl Morey tweeted about it at 1 a.m. –
Kyle Scott, aka “The Maestro,” is not a fan of this tweet and is generally annoyed by Morey’s social media activity. He writes the following:
“He’s on Twitter and probably retweeted a Process guy once three years ago, and of course was Sam Hinkie’s mentor, ergo he is beloved. I’m guessing this is a screenshot from FiveThirtyEight because of course it is, which I’m sure he grabbed just after rage reading The Ringer and checking Max’s Twitter to see if he had any snarky RTs of Michael Levin. And oh by the way, are Spike and Bodner still fighting?”
The graphic, which I think might be from Cleaning the Glass, but is ultimately irrelevant, shows just how dominant the starting lineup was. That group had a better net rating than Utah and Milwaukee’s starting lineups, and they played very well together. They just choked in the second round because they didn’t hit enough fourth quarter shots and Ben Simmons went AWOL in the second half.
Regardless, two-years, $20 million for Green is good business. Movable contact and nothing that breaks the bank. We thought Green might be gone after criticizing Philly fans, but here he is, back in the saddle to presumably close out his career.
Said Green on John Clark’s podcast recently:
CLARK: “Do you think the crowd, and Philly, can have an effect on someone like Ben (Simmons) in those moments?”
GREEN: “For sure. It has an effect on everybody, and I think that’s something that needs to change in the city. I love our fans, but when things aren’t going well, they can’t turn on you. That’s the one thing I would disagree with or dislike. Some guys use it as motivation, some guys have a chip on their shoulder, but I think that needs to change. They need to be riding with us, regardless of how things are going.
“We’re the No. 1 team in the East, still playing well, and in some games they’ll boo us – that’s part of the culture here, part of their way of showing they love us – but with a guy like Ben, and other guys, I think they need to stick behind them and stick by them as long as they can, until the horn blows. And even then, he’s here. He’s given so much to the organization and the city, on and off the court, that he deserves that respect and that support.
I love our fans, but I try to throw things out there to let them know, ‘Protect us, encourage us, stand by us like we stand by you, regardless of wins and losses.’ We are humans and people, too. We’re not zoo animals where you can throw things or be on our side when it’s convenient. I love the city of Philly, and I love the fans. It’s been quite an experience for me for the one year I’ve been here.”
We’ve been over this 1,000 times before. When you play well, you get the best support any city will give you. When you stink, and aren’t getting the job done, you get booed. Sixers fans are frustrated with Ben Simmons in a cumulative way that predate Danny Green’s Philadelphia arrival, so he doesn’t have the full understanding of why Ben gets the treatment he does. It’s been a polarizing and irksome four seasons, waiting for Simmons to take the next step, and that’s why fans express themselves the way they do.
If they sucked so much, then Green would have signed elsewhere, so go figure.