Danny Green does not expect Ben Simmons to play in the Sixers’ game against the Nets on March 10

Ben Simmons’ potential return to Philadelphia on March 10th will be one of the biggest sporting events we’ve seen in Philadelphia in recent memory. But the topic of whether or not he will eventually play has already been debated in league circles, and former Sixers teammate Danny Green is among the skeptics.

During the last episode of the podcast Inside the Green Room, Green sat down with host Harrison Sanford to discuss a number of topics, including James Harden’s arrival in Philadelphia and the farce of last weekend’s dunk contest. Finally, the two will touch on the topic of Brooklyn’s March 10 match with The Sixers, and Greene offered his thoughts on Much of things:

Sanford: On March 10, he can return to the Wells Fargo Center as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and can play against you. When the game is over, do you shake hands?

green: First, let’s break it down. An interesting dynamic of how things go wrong. An interesting dynamic for whomever he went with. I haven’t had a chance to speak with these guys yet, but I know they weren’t on very friendly terms when he was in Philly with [Andre Drummond and Seth Curry]. So I wonder how this relationship is now.

Now shall we shake hands to begin? Mostly not. First, I would be very surprised if he played in that match. I don’t know where his health is mentally and physically, I know he’s had other issues and we all know he doesn’t like playing in Philly. If he plays in that match, I’d be very surprised. But let’s say this actually happens, I see it as a very frenetic, playoff-like atmosphere and an environment where it might be too harsh for him. I have no ill will towards the man, I don’t hate him, I don’t hate him, it’s just for me, it’s whatever. I waste more energy going out of my way to hate him, or spend my energy trying to get out of my way to hate him or do things for him. If he comes and shows love, I’ll say what’s up, that’s the kind of deal I take. I’m not the type to not say what people are going to tell me.

Sanford: Leave the past to the past.

green: That’s it, so be it. I understand that you have a mental health issue, and I understand that you don’t want to play where you want to – whatever it was, you did what you need to do to improve your life. that’s cool. Do I think you could have handled it better? Sure, because we had nothing against you as teammates, we still had nothing against you. But it all depends on how this game goes, how he interacts in that game, and how well he plays or how clean or not clean he is playing against each other will determine how we shake hands. But I highly doubt he’s playing in that match, and if he does, I highly doubt he’d want to shake hands before or after that match. [Inside the Green Room]

Let me just say, first of all, that the concept of Danny Green having a podcast is very funny to me, not because he’s not guaranteed to own it or because he’s bad at doing it, but because he tends only to say what he thinks and feels with a bit of filtering. . It’s a boon for someone who writes about The Sixers for a living, an area where you don’t have to read between the lines and explain like you do with a lot of platform quotes.

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In any case, the lack of Simmons premiering on March 10th wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who watched this story unfold. A lot of people are licking their chops and considering the opportunity to let Simmons have it after he publicly turned his back on the establishment and the city, and the response to the conflict hasn’t been the strong suit of Simmons throughout his career. No matter what you think of his various interpretations of his desire to get out of here, his desire to get out of Philadelphia mattered, and he knows like everyone else that making it clear would lead to a firestorm whenever he returned.

Here’s the problem as I see it – if he was back in the lineup before that Philadelphia meeting, Simmons would almost certainly be better off using this as a “ride off the Band-Aid” moment. The spotlight on it will be bright, and the preparation can be a bit overwhelming, but getting that first meeting out of the way in a relatively fruitless game in March is much better than saving it for a potential accessory meet in the future. If it’s the first time these teams meet Simmons in uniform during a post-season game, Wells Fargo’s center cap could collapse due to boos. I would argue that if he plays before the March 10 meeting and then withdraws due to a vague issue such as a tight back, he will only call for more scrutiny of himself at the national level, calling his ability to perform under pressure into question once in a while. Shown in this photo, all signs are for people wagging their fingers in the face of cute Philadelphia fans and moving on.

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(On the other hand, if Simmons is not back on Earth before the March 10 meeting with Philadelphia, the nets could end up in danger of missing out on the playoffs. Every game between now and March 10 is against a team that is either firmly in the playoffs or eligible to participate in the playoff for the time being. , an eight-game span that could put Brooklyn behind the eight ball heading into the final month of the season. They absolutely need him and Kevin Durant to be in the squad sooner than later, even if Kyrie Irving becomes a full-time player once the vaccine mandates change in New York City).

You can prove that the most interesting angle here is the Carrey/Drummond dynamic, and I wouldn’t necessarily argue with you. The Drummond side of the equation doesn’t mean much just because they didn’t actually play together, but Curry spent his entire last season in the starting line-up alongside Simmons, and he’s supposed to play a big role in Brooklyn alongside Simmons. Curry was asked to do a lot of heavy lifting in the playoffs as a result of Simmons’ collapsing on the field, and he mostly kept things professional when he talked about Simmons’ standing on this year’s team at Philly.

“I just see her as a guy who got so long [term] Carrie’s injury HoopsHype . said In November. “I focus on who we have in the team, who comes to train every day, who stands in the penalty shootout, how we prepare for matches. It’s a pity that he is not with us because he is clearly a big part of the team and a great player who can help us win more, but everyone has their own situation. In this league. It’s business.”

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No business will benefit more than the T-shirt vendors in the South Philly parking lot on March 10th. We’ll have to wait and see if Simmons is ready for the occasion.

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