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Eagles center Jason Kelce crushes Ben Simmons "All of that is because a lack of accountability"


From the moment this started to happen, it seemed the best way to speed things up is to have Ben Simmons play, and play well. Convince other GMs he is prepared to take a few outside shots, that his free throws have improved, and the offers will start coming in. Small detail - that scenario means Simmons would have to play in front of Philly fans.

Obviously one of the most conflict-averse players in the NBA, Simmons isn't built for Philadelphia. Fans are going to love the team even more because they are winning to spite Simmons. The city will rally behind them, and it's already started to happen. Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce was asked about accountability, and this was his answer.

"Everybody can bitch and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better, man. This city will love you."

Jason Kelce, via John Clark

Keep in mind no one even mentioned Simmons to Kelce. This is what being in Philly is like. They don't beat around the bush, and there's nowhere to hide. The City of Brotherly Love does not give home discounts. Play poorly, particularly without courage, and you'll get eaten alive. Work hard, preferably win, and there's no place like it.

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"All of that is because a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes, a lack of correcting things. If all that got corrected — you fix some free throws, you're getting better as a player — none of this is happening."

Jason Kelce, via John Clark

This is where Simmons lost Philly (and general basketball fans). You have to look really hard to find something he got meaningfully better at since his first game in the NBA. That in itself will get you in trouble in Philly. But when we learn that the 76ers paid coaches just to work with Simmons, and he blew them off and hired his brother - what did you think would happen?

Kelce's message is simple. Philly may be a more demanding crowd than your average US city. But constantly mentioning it distorts the narrative. It's the players who are coddled to such an extreme that any sort of challenge and criticism is considered bullying. All the cities with a reputation similar to Philly have a simple recipe for earning their respect.

Show up, do your best, and own up to your mistakes - just like they do at their job. If you can do that, and it's not a tall order (at least it shouldn't be), they will love you like a family member. You want to be in your feelings all the time? Go to California.

I guess Simmons' trade request spoke volumes.

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