Ben Simmons puts arm around Christian Wood, pleads with ref to rescind double technical (video)

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Ben Simmons and Christian Wood, former 76ers teammates, are apparently still close.

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.