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Tyrese Maxey Seemingly Throws Shade At Ben Simmons While Praising New Teammates: “It’s Really Fun To Be Out There With Guys That Really Care About Winning And Care About Getting Better."

Tyrese Maxey Seemingly Throws Shade At Ben Simmons While Praising New Teammates: “It’s Really Fun To Be Out There With Guys That Really Care About Winning And Care About Getting Better."

Ever since Ben Simmons decided to shut down and get away from the Philadelphia 76ers, everything changed between him and the franchise. They tried really hard to help him, but after a massive collapse in the 2021 NBA playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, nothing was the same for Simmons and the Sixers. 

He was finally traded to the Brooklyn Nets in March, leaving many enemies in Philly for his antics. Joel Embiid had some harsh things to say about him, but he's not the only one who still holds grudges against Simmons for bailing on his team. 

The Sixers went out and landed a couple of interesting pieces to compete for the 2023 NBA championship, adding depth to a team that couldn't do much against the Miami Heat last season. James Harden re-signed with them, PJ Tucker signed, while De’Anthony Melton and Danuel House also found their way to the Sixers this offseason, and many are excited about the roster. 

Tyrese Maxey is one of those, and he recently showed his excitement for these Sixers, seemingly taking shots at Ben Simmons for quitting on the team while praising his new teammates. Earlier this week, the young guard attended a Philadelphia Phillies game, leaving some interesting comments about the future of his team. 

Via Yahoo Sports:

“It’s really fun to be out there with guys that really care about winning and care about getting better. You know, James (Harden) coming to the team, he kind of fit right in; it was really amazing. And now we have guys like PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, Danuel House. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I just can’t wait to get started.”

The Sixers fanbase has earned their share of criticism too for mistreating Ben Simmons after the 2020/21 NBA season, but for Maxey, he has the best support behind him, showering the fans in praise. 

“The fanbase in Philadelphia is amazing. It’s second to none. Just the hard-working people that are always at the Wells Fargo Center, work extremely hard to get there. It just makes me feel real comfortable and feel like it’s (Philadelphia) home.”

The Sixers will have the chance to compete for the championship again next season. They have a solid team that can make a lot of noise in the East, but many things need to be aligned for them to have a chance to win it all. Injuries, chemistry, adjustments, and even rivals will have a big say this season, but Maxey and co. are confident in their chances to win it all.

Last season, Maxey averaged 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 4.3 APG in 75 games. He shot 48.5% from the field and 42.7% from beyond the arc.