"To be honest I don't blame Ben, he was thrown out to the wolves and under the bus by his star team mate and his coach after the finals. Those comments were not needed to be made publicly, have your conversations with Ben and the team, don't hang him out."
No, fuck this take. The guy spent 5 years in the league and never made a noticeable improvement in his biggest deficit - his shooting - despite having specialist coaches to help him do it. His brain clearly wasn in that last playoff game, and there are reports now that he was trying to get out of playing Game 7 v Hawks by pretending he had a COVID contact. Now if the 76ers believe that, and they see the way he played out the end of the gamne, why wouldn't they criticize him? Any time anyone asked him about his shooting, he'd just arrogantly mention his stats, as though him having a glaring weakness didn't matter. Well it did. It did matter. Now he's getting what he deserves for it and reacting like an absolute clown in the process.
"I would love to know what the strategy here is by Klutch. Clearly they are not fools, and obviously Ben is acting out a role here. There has to be a bigger picture here, surely?"
I don't think this helps his career in the slightest. If the 76ers couldn't trade him before him being kicked out it'll be even harder now. I see this clown show getting even more silly before the end of the season.
"I hope he never plays for the boomers."
Safest bet is that he doesn't. The Boomers have created such a great culture and they dont need that sullied by a one-man show who thinks the world exists to cater to him. Josh Giddey will bring a lot of intangibles to the Boomers that Simmons otherwise would (bar the athleticism), so I am not too worried if Ben never plays a Boomers game. It's probably preferable that he doen't. There has been a lot of fiascos around Ben and the Boomers, including the strongarming of the team to get him to play the Melbourne series where Lemanis and the team were basically threatened by the Victorian government, and then when they agreed, he just disappeared into thin air. For Ben to play for the Boomers, I'd want to see that he's matured from where he is now, that he is committed, that he is willing to play the role the team needs (not just the role he wants to play), and that all of this bipolar type behaviour is done with before I'd even waste time putting him in camp. I think we can all appreciate that Ben's reality as an NBA All star is different to that of the other Boomers, but from what we can see his communication with the team for the entire journey has been piss poor at best.