Here’s a shocker: everyone in Philadelphia is talking about Ben Simmons.
The discourse has even reached the NovaCare Complex. Jason Kelce, the Eagles’ Super Bowl hero center, chimed in on the Simmons situation when discussing accountability:
Jason Kelce on Ben Simmons— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) October 21, 2021
"lack of owning up to mistakes... you fix some free throws, you're getting better as a player, none of this is happening. Everybody can b---- and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better man, this city will love you" pic.twitter.com/GAX1pMS5N7
Kelce’s right. He will always be right. That’s why he’ll go down as one of the all-time great Philadelphia athletes. He gets it. It’s so, so easy to get it. I wrote this yesterday in regards to Joel Embiid and it’s even more true right now given Kelce’s comments:
I love him. Know what’s even more important? He loves us. It’s so easy to understand the Philadelphia fan base, yet so few athletes do. We ain’t hard to please. Try hard, soak up the vibes of a raucous crowd, say the right things to the media and understand that booing or negativity is born out of a passion that supersedes your finite time in the city. Bryce Harper was here for five minutes and got it.
Kelce was an integral part of the greatest Philadelphia sports team of my lifetime. His Super Bowl parade speech is something even the most imaginative of Eagles fans couldn’t have dreamed of. He gets it. All the dudes on that team got it.
It’s mind-blowing that Simmons can’t grasp that and understand how simple it is to take responsibility for his shortcomings and illustrate that he’s working to get better.
“Just play better, man.”
Jason Kelce: “There’s a lot of people that say this is a hard place to play. I think it’s pretty f-ing easy, to be honest with you.” pic.twitter.com/3wRM0eKnDp— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) October 21, 2021
Pretty. Effing. Easy.