It sure looks like Doc Rivers is not happy with Ben Simmons, or at least with his performance in the crucial Game 7 that saw the Philadelphia 76ers lose to the Atlanta Hawks.
When asked postgame if he still believes Simmons can be a point guard for a championship team, Rivers shrugged it off and just said he doesn’t know the answer to it right now. While that is better than saying no, refusing to give a direct response will only lead to speculations that he is starting to doubt the Australian playmaker.
“I don’t know the answer to that right now,” Rivers said, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.
For what it’s worth, it’s hard to blame Doc Rivers for his answer. After all, Ben Simmons basically disappeared for the Sixers when they needed him most. He has failed to adjust his playing style and take advantage of the defense Joel Embiid commanded, often lacking aggressiveness on the offense.
One prime example of Simmons holding the team back was when he decided to pass instead of dunking or laying up the ball in a wide-open situation.
Ben Simmons did not just pass this up… pic.twitter.com/4JyM7ZHNkJ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 21, 2021
In Game 7 against the Hawks, the Sixers point-forward finished with only five points. Sure, he did have eight assists and 13 rebounds, but he didn’t even try to contribute to the scoring after attempting just four shots.,
It remains to be seen what the Sixers will do with Ben Simmons, but fans can expect his name to be thrown in trade rumors this offseason.