As one of the biggest Abreu defenders on here, I can tell you I have no "irrational hatred" of Simmons at all.
As I've said 500 times before, he is a very good player with elite talent as a defender, ball handler and passer. I love those skills and have been glad he is on our team since day 1.
The issue for me is he also has several weaknesses that have not improved much in the last 4 seasons. As I've admitted multiple times on here, I have no direct insight into whether he is working to improve these weaknesses or not. All I can go by is the results and the comments of him and Doc (who would know what is going on). The results as we know have not really changed; he avoids getting fouled, struggles at the foul line, avoids shooting the ball from the outside and is too passive at times when the team needs him to step up.
Doc's deflection onto the media and other straw men was silly the other night; hopefully he is working with Simmons behind the scenes which should help Simmons and the team. With Embiid hobbled, we're going to need Simmons to bring it every night. That point should be made very clear to Simmons by Doc. Give him a challenge to rise to and I bet Simmons does it.
To his credit, last night he stepped up big with the triple/double to help the team clinch the series win vs WSH. That was great to see. Kudos to Curry too for a good game. I hope Doc finds time for Maxey who has impressed me.