Ben Simmons Reveals What Went Wrong With The Sixers

A closeup of Ben Simmons.

A closeup of Ben Simmons.

Addressing the media for the first time since his arrival in Brooklyn, Ben Simmons opened up about the end of his time with the 76ers, and what went wrong.

“It was just piled up,” Simmons explained. “A bunch of things [that’ve gone on] over the years, to where I just knew I wasn’t myself. And I needed to get back into that place of, you know, being myself … being happy as a person.”

“It wasn’t about the basketball, it wasn’t about the money, anything like that …” Simmons continued. “I want to be who I am. And get back to playing basketball at that level …”

When asked about what was going through his mind after his last game played with the Sixers, the three-time All-Star responded, “[That] I need to get in a good place, mentally.”

Simmons was acquired by the Nets in a deal centered around he and former MVP James Harden. On Monday, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash said he believes Ben is “in a pretty good place mentally.” However, it’s not clear when he will take the floor again.

Ben Simmons’ relationship with the 76ers took an ugly turn after their Game 7 loss to the Hawks in the Conference Semifinals. Now the former first overall pick is ready for a fresh start in BK.

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