Isiah Thomas rips 76ers for airing ‘dirty laundry’

If anyone needs to make Isiah Thomas an NBA GM yet again, he’s acquired a move lined up: investing for Ben Simmons.

Thomas claimed he would deal for Simmons, and that the fault for his difficulties lies with the 76ers.

“Here’s what happened,” Thomas claimed on “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” “He had a bad minute. He had some bad times in the playoffs, correct? What your staff, your coach and your corporation is meant to do in your bad times, they are meant to protect you. They ain’t meant to air your filthy laundry out.”

That was in reference to Sixers coach Doc Rivers failing to reply in the affirmative when questioned whether a staff could acquire a title with Simmons. The stage guard struggled poorly in a 2nd-spherical decline in opposition to the Hawks, appearing unwilling to shoot the ball even uncontested, but items have considering the fact that gotten much worse.

Simmons has demanded a trade from the Sixers, been thrown out of apply for not making an attempt and is now sitting down games out because of to mental health and fitness. He’s also become Public Enemy No. 1 in Philadelphia.

It appears to be untenable for him to play for the Sixers yet again. Thomas sees that as the franchise’s fault.

Ben Simmons, left, and Isiah Thomas appear in a composite image.
Isiah Thomas states he would trade for Ben Simmons if he was even now an NBA GM.

“They all mishandled the problem,” Thomas claimed. “From what I’ve found. Now Ben did get his feelings harm. Ben’s feelings are harm. You as the president of the staff, you gotta go — you gotta set your ego apart and you gotta go massage that participant to get him back.”

He as opposed Simmons’ issues to Shaquille O’Neal taking pictures cost-free throws, stating no a person with the Lakers ever gave general public criticism to O’Neal when he struggled at the line.

“I didn’t hear Phil Jackson dogging Shaq,” Thomas claimed. “I didn’t know the within of that Laker corporation. Now they could have been stating, hey, big fella we will need to operate on cost-free throws. But they weren’t publicly like, dissing him.”