Mayhem broke out during the Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota Timberwolves game last night as Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid got into a huge skirmish. They ended up putting each other into a headlock and the fight ended up on the floor, where Ben Simmons came and put Towns in a headlock. It was a pretty massive spectacle that led to the ejections of both Embiid and Towns. After the game, both players took their beef to social media and the entire NBA world was incredulous at what they had just seen.
Today, the 76ers are claiming Ben Simmons was actually a "peacekeeper" in all of this and shouldn't be suspended. Meanwhile, the league is investigating what it should do with Embiid and Towns, who clearly went a little overboard. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Sixer GM Elton Brand is speaking out about the fight and had some interesting thoughts.
"First and foremost, we obviously don’t condone the altercation that happened last night," Brand explained. "As a former player, I have experienced situations like that in the past. I understand how our players reacted in the moment. I have their backs."
Stay tuned for updates on the league's decision pertaining to this matter as we will be sure to bring it to you.
NBA Concludes Los Angeles Lakers Never Tampered With Ben Simmons
The investigation was all for nothing.
News broke yesterday that Philadelphia 76ers basic supervisor Elton Brand stopped Ben Simmons from having a sit down assembly with Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Simmons and Johnson have been planning to speak about what it is wish to be an enormous level guard within the NBA and Simmons merely wished a bit of recommendation. Johnson mentioned it might solely occur if the 76ers accepted and it did not. In mild of all this, the NBA launched an investigation to see if the Lakers tampered with Simmons, though right now in a press release, the NBA made it clear that neither celebration broke the principles.
"We have concluded that Magic Johnson's statements concerning Ben Simmons don't represent a tampering violation," the NBA mentioned in line with ESPN. "The Philadelphia 76ers initiated the contact with the Los Angeles Lakers by requesting a gathering between Johnson and Simmons. Both organizations finally concluded that such a gathering didn't make sense at the moment however in that context, Johnson's response to a media inquiry concerning Simmons doesn't run afoul of league guidelines."
Yesterday, Brand reached out to Magic to apologize for any insinuation that Johnson could have tampered along with his star participant. The Lakers have been responsible of tampering prior to now, so it is clear that the NBA investigation was merely to cowl their bases.
76ers GM Elton Brand Apologizes To Magic Johnson For Tampering Insinuation
The NBA has had sufficient with the tampering.
Yesterday, it was reported that Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers requested to talk to Magic Johnson for some recommendation on being an enormous level guard within the NBA. Magic defined that he’d be joyful to however the Sixers must approve of it first. In the top, Philly common supervisor Elton Brand stated no and Simmons did not get his assembly. In the aftermath, the NBA is now investigating each groups for tampering.
In order to stoke the flames of the tampering investigation, the Lakers issued an announcement on Monday.
“To make clear, final November the 76ers despatched an electronic mail to the Lakers asking if Ben Simmons would be capable to converse with Magic Johnson about his Hall of Fame taking part in profession. After receiving the e-mail request from the 76ers, Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka contacted 76ers General Manager Elton Brand and knowledgeable him that Magic might solely accomplish that if the 76ers gave him pre-written approval. That was the top of the matter.”
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Brand additionally reached out to Johnson late yesterday to apologize and be sure that his feedback weren’t taken the fallacious method. The 76ers GM has reiterated that his relationship with Simmons is a wholesome one and that he is assured that Ben will resign with the 76ers when his rookie contract expires.
The 76ers Won’t Let Ben Simmons Talk To Magic Johnson
Simmons simply wished slightly little bit of mentorship.
As a big level guard, Ben Simmons is a little bit of an anomaly. No participant understands that greater than Magic Johnson, who received 5 championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. According to 76ers GM Elton Brand, Simmons was really trying to meet with Johnson for some pleasant recommendation on his sport, however Brand refused.
“[Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka known as me and mentioned ‘Hey, we’re listening to Ben desires to speak to Hall of Famers, championship-level gamers, and Magic is on the listing. We want authorization for him to satisfy up.’ And I mentioned ‘No.’ This is over a month in the past, so I mentioned no,” Brand mentioned in keeping with ESPN.
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Johnson who after all nonetheless works with the Lakers confirmed that Simmons wished to talk with him however that he’d solely do it if the Sixers accredited.
“[Simmons] reached out to me, to not me straight, to the Lakers to seek out out if we are able to get collectively this summer season,” Johnson defined. “I mentioned, ‘Hey, you bought to clear it with the league,’ and if all people — the Sixers log off, we log off, the league log off — high-quality, I’ll do this. But if all people does not log off, then we will not get collectively.”
While the difficulty has been dropped for each groups, the NBA remains to be investigating to see if the contact between Simmons and the Lakers broke any league guidelines, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand Says Team Is Now A Contender
Trust the method.
This previous week noticed a flurry of strikes made by NBA common managers in gentle of the commerce deadline on Thursday. One of these common managers was Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers who made strikes to accumulate Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic, all whereas buying and selling former first general choose Markelle Fultz. After the plethora of strikes, Brand has made it clear that every one of that “Trust the method” stuff was for actual as now the staff is a contender to win a title.
“We imagine we’re in place to contend now,” Brand mentioned in line with ESPN, “and our strikes replicate that perception.”
Brand additionally spoke about how his star gamers Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could also be younger, however have performed in a means that makes the staff not solely higher however the most effective groups within the Eastern Conference.
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“[Simmons and Embiid] quickly improved during the last season, so the window is now,” Brand mentioned. “The alternative is now. So, as soon as I noticed that, we mentioned taking a shot at it now, as a result of who is aware of how lengthy that window goes to be open?”
With the 76ers of the assumption that their time is now, it is going to be fascinating to see how the remainder of their season performs out and the way far they’ll get within the playoffs.