I only follow NBA at a distance, glancing over box scores and watching the odd playoff game.
But, I can't believe how badly things have gone for Philly over the past 5 years.
Bad draft picks, injuries, bad signings etc. It's just all gone pear shaped.
If you look at the situation they were in, 4 ,5 6 years ago, to end up here is pretty dismal. Only one elite franchise player in Embiid. Tobias Harris on a massive contract. Simmons lacking confidence and disgruntled. A roster that lacks depth. Still havent even made the Conference Finals.
Things could've been different if Kawhi's game winner had dropped out. Basketball is cruel like that.
But still, if you went back to 2016 or 2017 and said "fast forward 5 years, and Philly will not have made the conference finals, and they'll have a dysfunctional relationship with Simmons and looking to trade him" no one would've expected things would turned out this badly. Given where they were. Disappointing for them.