Joel Embiid plans to make some changes in the locker room in light of the Ben Simmons situation. Despite the ugliness of it, the stand-off brought some positive development for the team moving forward.
Embiid plans to reach out to Sixers teammates more
NBA teams revolve around their superstars, and they set the culture of the team. Seems like so far, Embiid didn't do a lot to set the culture once he stepped off the court. But things have to change moving forward so that the Simmons saga doesn't impact the team negatively. As one of the leaders of the 76ers, Jojo now wants to get to know more about his teammates.
“I used to go on the road I liked to stay in my room and play video games. Anything I can do, I'm gonna be willing to do it. Knowing about each other’s lives, I think that goes a long way.”
The statement reflects how the relationship between him and Simmons has regressed. Would it have saved Philadelphia's season if Embiid knew Ben's internal conflicts? Both are grown men, and everything can be solved through honest, open, and sincere talks, but it will not happen if both sides are unwilling participants. Fans are left wanting what could have been had the pair remained friends for the team.
What’s next for the Sixers?
With the chaos not nearing its end anytime soon, the Philadelphia 76ers are prepared for it to take years. President of basketball operations Daryl Morey claimed the team has no plans to trade Ben unless they get significant assets in return. Simmons remains adamant in his request to play for other teams. His refusal to take part in the Sixers' practices could scare other teams and question his professionalism.
Teammates do not really need to become best friends, but they must be ready and committed to fighting for each other on the floor. The best teams are not necessarily full of stars but are fulll of dedicated professionals.
It's nice to see Embiid doing what is right at this stage of his career. It's never too late to reach out and create a bond with his teammates. A team that plays for each other can exceed expectations. The Sixers are still a good team without Simmons. The ones in the locker room must prove they can soldier on and win games despite the uncertainties of the situation. If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that tight locker rooms are more successful than disarrayed ones.
That could turn out to be the silver lining of the Simmons drama. Every special team had a cause they bonded around that gave them a special hunger to win. Proving they are great without Simmons could be the 76ers cause, and it seems like Embiid is ready to lead them on that path.