Ben Simmons speaks out on what went wrong with Sixers last season
After a disappointing conclusion to their 2019-2020 campaign, Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons and the rest of the team are ready to turn over a new leaf for the coming season. As they are set to play under a new regime led by head coach Doc Rivers, the 24-year-old recently took things into perspective and spoke on their struggles and shortcomings the Sixers dealt with last season.
“We weren’t in a position to go into the bubble and win,” Simmons said via Vavel. “I think our mindset was off. Accountability is a huge part of winning. I think he’s definitely right. Bringing Doc and all of these guys in, Doc’s (Rivers) team, with all of these coaches around, the maturity has definitely risen with the team. It’s been great to see that and see guys be accountable for certain things, and come here ready with a different mindset.”
Highlighting the notion of being accountable is the new trend in the Philly-based squad as they have another opportunity to learn from their mistakes and get better moving forward.
“There’s only so much that can happen with players and coaches and that’s on the players to make sure they’re held accountable, and if they’re not gonna listen and do certain things, they’re not gonna win,” Simmons said. “But I think it’s a great opportunity for us, being younger guys, to have somebody like Doc come in. We gotta get it done.”
The team’s postseason run was abruptly marred by Simmons’ absence as he needed to leave the Orlando Bubble due to a knee injury. It was a major debacle as the Sixers were eventually swept by the Boston Celtics in the opening round proceedings in the Eastern Conference.
On the other hand, their new tactician in Rivers is also coming off a disappointing showing as his former Los Angeles Clippers squad also failed to live up to lofty expectations. The team was bounced out of the playoffs after blowing a 3-1 series lead and ultimately losing in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Denver Nuggets.
The 76ers franchise is hopeful that they have found the right guy in Doc Rivers who will be the final piece of the puzzle and ultimately lead the team to greater heights in the years to come.