Seth Curry, the younger brother of reigning NBA MVP and All-Star point guard Stephen Curry, took to Twitter to say that he doesn’t believe Ben Simmons should apologize for leaving Philadelphia.
The “76ers vs Nets” is a matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. The Sixers’ Ben Simmons has been criticized for his exit from the 76ers, but Seth Curry says he doesn’t need to apologize.
NEW YORK (WABC) — Questions about Ben Simmons’ divorce from the Philadelphia 76ers remain as he enters a new chapter in his career with the Brooklyn Nets.
But, while the league continues to wonder how he’ll fit in with a new club after such a dramatic departure with his last one, one of the players who has been on both ends of the road with the 25-year-old All-Star guard maintains that Simmons does not need to apologize for past actions.
Seth Curry, who was acquired by the Nets along with Simmons, Andre Drummond, and two future first-round selections in the trade that sent James Harden to Philadelphia, said Simmons would be OK in a new environment in Brooklyn and that no air needed to be cleared when the two reunited with the Nets.
Curry told ESPN following Thursday’s shootaround, “Business is business.” “People have been asking me from day one, even when he was out early in the season, whether I feel like, if Ben comes back, should he apologize to us or whatever?” He doesn’t need to apologize to anybody, I understand the business. When he’s on the court, I know he’ll do his job and do what he’s supposed to do. So I’m aware of the situation. He was acting in his own best interests, both professionally and personally.
“And the club will do the same thing in terms of trades or anything, so I get it; I’ve been around it; I don’t take it personally. We’re teammates while we’re on the floor. Everything is in order. We also rely on one another to perform good things. I’m alright since he hasn’t done anything bad to me personally.”
Curry’s remarks follow former teammate Danny Green’s claim on his “Inside the Green Room” podcast that the connection between Simmons and Curry/Drummond wasn’t “cordial” near the conclusion of the 76ers’ run due to Simmons’ wish to be traded. Curry shot off that idea, stating he didn’t believe there was any animosity between the three players.
Curry said, “The friendship was OK.” “He was not present. So I’m not sure what [Green] was getting at. ‘ I’m not sure what “wasn’t friendly” implies, but the connection was OK. We didn’t see him very much or speak to him very much since he wasn’t around. But for the time being, he’s on my [team]. I went to battle with him last year and we did a lot of good things, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there with him and doing good stuff. I’m going to war with who I’m going to war with and who’s on my side, so I’m looking forward to getting back out there with him and doing good stuff.”
Curry, like many others in the Nets organization, believes Simmons will regain his All-Star form as he adjusts to his new surroundings in Brooklyn. While it is uncertain when Simmons will return to the court, he has begun working out with his new teammates and is working out with Kyle Korver, a former NBA player and current Nets roving assistant.
“He wanted to go someplace else, and he got it,” Curry said of Simmons’ departure from Philadelphia. “I believe positive things happen whenever he is on the court. He’s a fantastic player who performs amazing things when he’s on the field. Even when things with Philly were rough last year, when he’s on the field, all of that goes away and we play fantastic basketball. Even though they had a tough relationship, he and Joel [Embiid] played terrific basketball together. So, no matter what, when he’s on the court, he’ll give it his all. He’s a smart, great player who makes everyone around him better, and I’m excited to go back out there with him.”
Most significantly for the Nets, Simmons looks to be enjoying himself with his new club, which is especially crucial considering that he advocated for a trade during the summer because he didn’t believe his mental health was in good shape with the Sixers.
Curry remarked of Simmons, “He looks great, he looks good.” “He seems to be in excellent shape. Physically, he seems to be in good shape. He’s been great with his teammates, always smiling and appearing optimistic. He seems to be in a better mental state than when I last met him early this year. I’m excited to get him back on the floor and finish what we need to do.”
Patty Mills, a veteran guard, reiterated Simmons’ sentiments, saying that he feels Simmons’ finest days are still ahead of him. As the Nets prepare for the stretch drive in the last two months of the regular season, Mills is certain in his view that they can improve. The Nets have only 23 games left in the regular season, including Thursday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics.
Mills said of the Nets’ coming together, “You sense the excitement.” “When you start to develop this momentum and confidence in yourself, you can sense the energy coming from other players.” In all honesty, I believe the best thing for us was to go into the break with some momentum, take a breather, and go away for a while; a lot has transpired. Enjoy your time with your family, go outside and get some sun, whatever you want to do — and now, when we return, hit the reset button, because this is what we’re here for. There are no more excuses. We’re like this [tight] now, and we’ll keep it that way until the finish. It was understood by everybody. Everyone was confined to their rooms.
“We’re going into the trenches and staying there. That, I suppose, is where the courage and faith come from. That’s why we’ve all come here. Because I feel there are two routes to it — those that come here to win a championship this year, and I am one of them. That section is clean for me, but I believe it’s also a nice reminder for everyone else who is still here. So now, whenever you bring everyone together, you’re reminding them of that clear vision, and they’re all traveling in the same direction.”
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