The Sixers are finally back practicing as a team down in the NBA's Disney bubble. After going four months without seeing their favorite players on the floor together, Sixers fans probably would've been happy to watch a 10-minute video of elbow jumpers and bounce passes.
Instead, they were given the holy grail of Sixers practice clips: a Ben Simmons three.
The fateful shot, a catch-and-shoot three from the left wing, comes about 24 seconds into a video of practice highlights:
We got our run in. pic.twitter.com/ZQuK5jN0Fi— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 15, 2020
You've got to love the team casually dropping that clip into the compilation, as if it's just another shot and not the most polarizing argument in the organization's orbit.
Of note, Simmons' two in-NBA game threes were taken from the respective corners, while his preseason three against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions came from the opposite wing, off the dribble. So this is a unique shot from Simmons, and it looked good.
Now, you might think that Sixers fans, hardened after multiple offseasons of "this is the year Simmons shoots threes!" chatter, would avoid overreacting to the shot.
You... would be wrong:
WELL WELL WELL pic.twitter.com/FpioT5hU8V— socially distant sports fan (@legsanity) July 15, 2020
ok i'm in let's gooooo pic.twitter.com/Z3wgMn8iXy— Zainab Javed ✨ (@zrjaved) July 15, 2020
That 3 by Ben was the greatest thing I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/BqWD9QqzD3— ThorCL14 7️⃣6️⃣ (@ThorCL414) July 15, 2020
Seeing Ben Simmons shoot that three in the NBA bubble... pic.twitter.com/qkBZzEwmpk— CogginToboggan (@CogginToboggan) July 15, 2020
If Ben is shooting forreal the & Embiid is healthy & in shape & Shake is still playing how he was before the break....man o man— Yahzarach 👑 (@bobby28hill) July 15, 2020
thinkin about that Ben Simmons 3— David Lewis (@davidgarflewis) July 15, 2020
Championship. pic.twitter.com/ccrklBZEat— Sports Are Philly (@SportsArePhilly) July 15, 2020
It's fair to say basketball fans are excited to watch some basketball.
With Simmons heading to the power forward position in the Sixers' new-look starting lineup later this month, perhaps he'll decide to go crazy and test out a new approach to his shot selection, too. It's... possible?
Or maybe he will never change. We'll see.
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