By Jerry Wein
Sixers star Ben Simmons has not been as transcendent as some in the local media would like.
Such as Mike Missanelli, who has been beating the drum to ditch the unique Simmons because of his lack of a shot.
The No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft showed glimpses of greatness in last night’s win over the Boston Celtics:
Eleven of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and huge plays down the stretch to seal the 122-110 victory.
Still, Simmons continues to face some criticism for not doing more offensively while Joel Embiid carries the scoring load.
“It’s a new season,” Simmons said. “I’m just focusing on winning, do what I can to win with this thing. I don’t go on Instagram, I don’t go on Twitter, so I can’t really answer the question in terms of what people are saying. I don’t give a (expletive) honestly.”
The Sixers are now 8-0 when they have their projected starting lineup on the floor, so Simmons only wants to see the team keep growing.
“Unless (coach) Doc (Rivers) says something or (assistant) Sam (Cassell) or people coming to me, then it’s a different story,” Simmons said. “I’m trying to win games and that’s why we’re all here. To win.”