Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers made an interesting comparison on Friday when discussing the organization’s attempts to convince disgruntled All-Star forward Ben Simmons to report to training camp.
Simmons has made it clear to the Sixers that he wants to be traded, and that he doesn’t plan to play another game for the franchise, but the Sixers are hoping that he will ultimately change his mind. During an appearance on MSNBC, Rivers briefly waded into political waters in order to provide an update on the situation.
“There’s times that I think we’re getting through,” Rivers said. “And there’s times that I think that I’m talking to people who still believe Trump won the election. So I’m not sure, but I’m going to keep trying.”
Rivers is alluding to the fact that both Simmons and people who still believe that Donald Trump won last year’s election have shown some stubbornness. Some may find the comment subjectively funny, but it seems unlikely that it will help Philadelphia’s cause of trying to convince Simmons to return to the team given the fact that Simmons has publicly denounced Trump on several occasions. Since Simmons is vocally anti-Trump he probably won’t appreciate being compared to supporters of the former president.