Joel Embiid Blasts His Relationship With Ben Simmons: ‘I Didn’t Care Anymore’

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ relationship remained at the centerfold throughout their time together. The two stars didn’t exactly see eye to eye, which became more evident after Simmons decided to stay away from the Philadeladelphia 76ers.

His departure has shed more light on the internal efforts Embiid made to amend the situation. The star big man couldn’t help himself to send another parting shot at his former longtime teammate.

76ers finally trade Ben Simmons

After months of dealing with the lingering cloud of Ben Simmons’ future, the 76ers finally moved him.

Philadelphia wiped their slate clean, giving the 25-year-old a fresh opportunity with the Brooklyn Nets while acquiring one of the league’s best talents in James Harden. However, the storyline has become engulfed in Embiid and Simmons’ relationship.

The three-time All-Star voiced that he didn’t speak to the big man after the move. Meanwhile, Embiid stated he was happy that the 76ers had moved on from the situation.

“Yeah, I’m happy that I’m not going to be answering any more questions about that subject,” Embiid said via ESPN. “It’s good that, not just for me, but my teammates, the whole organization. The whole year, it was pretty annoying with the whole situation, but I’m glad that everybody has moved on.

“I wish everybody the best in whatever they want to accomplish, but I’m focused on winning games here and trying to win a championship.”

Embiid has now fired yet another verbal jab at Simmons.

Joel Embiid tears into his relationship with Ben Simmons: ‘I didn’t care anymore’

Even after Simmons’ trade to the Nets, his relationship with Embiid remains a prevalent discussion.

The two spent four seasons together, transforming the 76ers into a playoff constant. However, the bond became fractured after the 76ers’ second-round playoff exit, leading Simmons to stay distant from his teammates and the franchise.

Embiid has been quite transparent throughout it all regarding his feelings toward the three-time All-Star. During a recent sit-down interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews for NBA Today show coverage, the star big man voiced that he tried hard to get Simmons back into the fold.

“I did a lot of chasing around,” Embiid said. “Try to get him back and try to make him feel comfortable again. You know, it was tough. I didn’t care anymore.”

Embiid added that he spoke to Simmons about a week or two before the trade deadline. He laid his cards on the table, but the situation had already reached a breaking point.

The 25-year-old wanted out from the franchise, and there wasn’t anything his teammates could have told him to change his stance. Nonetheless, it hasn’t held Embiid back from expressing his true feelings.

76ers hold a promising future ahead behind their star duo

The blockbuster trade provides the 76ers a significant boost toward NBA title contention behind two of the league’s best talents.

Philadelphia will take a hit defensively as Harden isn’t anywhere near the defender Simmons is, but he’s a considerable offensive upgrade. The 10-time All-Star immediately steps in as the team’s primary ball-handler while opening the floor up for Embiid to work more effectively as a scorer.

“You see what he did in Houston, he was a scorer,” Embiid said. “Obviously he is one of the best scorers of all time. Then he got involved in Brooklyn being a playmaker with 10 assists a game. That’s what we are going to look for him to do.”

Harden’s presence takes a sizable chunk of the offensive pressure off Embiid, especially in crunch time. The last 20-plus games of the season will provide the two stars time to develop on-court chemistry ahead of the playoffs. Philadelphia must remain patient as the two figure out how to effectively play next to each other.

Beyond that, the 76ers will have increased pressure to vie for a championship. The Eastern Conference is stacked with formidable teams beyond the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks. The Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Cleveland Cavaliers will present tough challenges.

Time will tell whether Harden’s wish to play in Philadelphia will finally lead him to compete for a championship.

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