So close, they talked during Philadelphia’s win over Detroit last night.
A referee didn’t like the tone of the conversation, though, hitting the players with a double technical foul. Simmons objected by putting his arm around Wood to show they were on friendly terms. That didn’t go anywhere.
I don’t envy referees trying to determine which trash talk is friend and which isn’t. When they whistle friendly trash talk, the officials look quite silly.
Now, Simmons and Wood face $2,000 fines that accompany technical fouls.