Ben Simmons describes his defensive efforts on superstars, says it’s draining to play on both ends of the floor

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Last season, the Ben Simmons trade saga was one of the biggest stories in the NBA. After struggling against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 postseason, he decided it was time to end his association with the Philadelphia 76ers.

While the former No. 1 pick demanded a trade, Daryl Morey remained patient until they found a suitable package. Hours before the trade deadline, a move was agreed to send James Harden to Philly in exchange for the disgruntled star.

Since the trade, Ben Simmons is yet to make an appearance for the Brooklyn Nets. However, the three-time All-Star finally spoke out about his situation with former teammate JJ Redick on “The Old Man and The Three” podcast.

During the interview, they discussed the playoff series that led to Ben Simmons’ falling out with the Sixers. He stated that to play at a high level on both ends can be very demanding. He said:

“Especially in the playoffs, I think it’s tough. It’s obviously tough in the playoffs but playing both sides of the ball is extremely tiring.

“It’s fun getting to guard the best players in the world. It’s fun like it’s taxing but it’s fun.”

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