Kevin Durant blames Sixers for Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons’ struggles
Despite having two superstars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t had much success in the playoffs. Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, however, thinks it is not because the Sixers lack talent.
During his recent appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast, Durant talked about the Sixers’ player turnover ever since the famed “process” started. Redick opened up about the issue and cited that the “amount of players who have come through there” is insane, to which KD agreed and noted how “tough” the situation is for JoJo and Ben.
“It’s hard to become a great team when you’re getting new teammates every year. It’s tough. Especially young players like them, they’re expected – and in Philly they’ve got so many expectations on them, it’s tough,” Kevin Durant said, per NBC Sports.
After the Sixers’ first-round exit in sweep fashion against the Celtics, rumors about a possible trade involving Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons surfaced. The general belief, based on what people have seen, is that the two stars can’t co-exist and that one must go for the other to flourish.
Nevertheless, it’s clear Durant doesn’t believe that is the solution. As he noted, Philly must have continuity in order to succeed, so the last thing they would want to do is break their team.
As for the roster turnover, Brett Brown said as much after he was fired by the team following their sweep. In his statement after the sacking, Brown appeared to take a shot at the Philadelphia brass as he emphasized that he had to coach a total of 102 players in seven seasons with the Sixers since taking over in 2017.
Philly has a lot of thinking to do in the offseason after another disappointing playoff run, and whatever the team decides to do this time will shape their future in the long run.