The Ben Simmons drama in Philadelphia took yet another turn this week when he was kicked out of practice and suspended by the team.
The latest development has everyone weighing in on what the 76ers should ultimately do with Simmons, including former Yankees pitcher and avid basketball fan CC Sabathia, who was asked the question by his podcast co-host Ryan Ruocco on “R2C2.”
“This is why I’m not a GM; I would do everything I could not to pay this guy,” Sabathia said. “…You think you can play somewhere else? Nobody else wants you. You can’t shoot the basketball. This guy is walking around like he’s LeBron. Go the f—k home. You only only showed up cuz you want to get paid. It’s obvious you don’t want to be here. [Joel] Embiid is tired of this s—t. Everybody’s tired of his s—t.
“I’d literally do what they just did. I would suspend his a—for as long as I can so not have to pay that motherf---er. Period.”
Sabathia seemed incredulous that a player like Simmons thinks he is good enough to request a trade, pointing out that he is not on the same level as other players, like James Harden or Anthony Davis, who made similar moves.
“Come on dude. You are the reason we are losing games,” Sabathia said. “We’re trying to help – come on man. It’s not like you’re scoring 45 points a night and everyone else is failing you. You’re failing us.”
As for the other player who pulled similar moves, Sabathia said:
“These are championship-caliber basketball players. Ben Simmons is not that. He thinks he is. He is not that. … Ben Simmons needs to go hoop and prove he can play in the league.”
While Simmons is a three-time All-Star, he’s been hamstrung by his lack of an outside shot and tends to fold under pressure in the playoffs or late in games.
He held out of Sixers training camp and most of the preseason after demanding to be traded, but the team has no plans to trade Simmons and he ultimately returned to the team late last week before getting kicked out of practice on Tuesday.
Sabathia wonders if Simmons has surrounded himself with the right advisors.
“I also feel like, whoever is advising this kid, is giving him horrible f—ing advice,” he said. “If nobody is advising him, then somebody needs to go in his corner because he’s acting like something that he’s not.”