Simmons breaks post-playoff silence in Instagram publish initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia
Ben Simmons, already a reasonably reclusive public determine, took a good additional step again after the Sixers had been eradicated by the Hawks within the second spherical of the NBA playoffs on the again of most likely his worst playoff collection as a professional.
Simmons, a lightning rod for Sixers followers – and basketball followers in all places – was crushed from all angles for shrinking within the second-round collection, barely producing within the fourth quarter and actively passing up a dunk within the waning moments of Sport 7. He mentioned after the loss that he had a psychological block within the collection and that he wanted time to get his “psychological proper”.
After greater than a month away from posting, Simmons returned Tuesday – his twenty fifth birthday – with an Instagram publish that vaguely acknowledges the criticism he obtained after the playoffs and his want to enhance whereas additionally standing agency in his convictions:
A fairly innocuous publish, all issues thought of.
Simmons saying he is “doing what he loves” on his birthday, with photographs of him within the gymnasium circulating social media and these photographs of him training, really feel not less than a bit bit like a delicate jab again at personalities and speaking heads who questioned his work ethic as he struggled within the Hawks collection.
(Unsurprisingly, when you get previous the verified accounts the feedback part turns right into a maelstrom of individuals attacking Simmons’ skills. As all the time, keep away from.)
Whereas that is the primary time Simmons has publicly put out a message for the reason that playoffs, he was noticed final month with an obvious new romantic curiosity, British radio presenter Maya Jama, at Wimbledon in London. The 2 have more and more made their obvious relationship public over the summer season; on Monday, Jama snapped a smiling picture with Simmons in her Instagram story after a fan requested how Ben was.
From one individual’s perspective, I actually hope Simmons continues to “stay relentless”, each on and off the court docket. He is an attention-grabbing all-around individual and an electrical basketball participant when he’s certainly taking part in with relentless pursuit, as he places it right here. It is when that relentless nature fades away that he turns into the participant followers are able to commerce for Damian Lillard.
We’ll see whether or not Simmons continues that pursuit in a Sixers uniform or in several threads because the always-chaotic NBA summer season beats on.