As the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers prepare to meet for the first time since the two sides pulled off the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden to Philadelphia and Ben Simmons to Brooklyn, there seems to be a lot of speculation over what Simmons will decide to do on Thursday night when the two squads meet.
As everyone knows by now, he wanted out of Philadelphia and made it ever so obvious by choosing not to play until he was finally traded.
It’s unlikely that he will play on Thursday, but his ex-coach, Doc Rivers said that believes there should be a tribute video for his former point guard.
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) March 8, 2022
A Tribute Video Is A Bad Idea
While it’s nice to see Rivers showing class and respect for Simmons, a tribute video may be a little bit too much.
After all, Simmons did not leave Philly on good terms.
He clearly wanted out and made that clear in the most childish way possible.
A tribute video will only frustrate fans.
Plus, Simmons may choose to not even enter the arena, according to John Clark of NBC Sports.
If that’s the case, why waste time with a tribute video if Simmons doesn’t even want to be present for the game.
It will only make fans more frustrated with the embattled point guard, and that’s not something that would go over well with them.
The fans want to move on from Simmons, and he wants to move on from his time in Philadelphia.
A tribute video will only open up wounds that are still fresh.
This would be counterintuitive and not serve Simmons or Sixers fans well.
We’ll see what they decide to do, but a tribute video is probably not the way to go for Thursday’s game.