Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t off to a great start.
Simmons was suspended by the team for one match and will not play in the New Orleans Pelicans’ season opener. This is because of what they called team conduct. Simmons reportedly refused to play as a full participant during Tuesday’s practice, so head coach Doc Rivers kicked him out and suspended him.
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Joel Embiid was a superstar who took a huge shot at Simmons.
“At this point, I don’t care about that man. He can do whatever he likes,” Embiid stated.
Simmons, who withheld from training camp due to his demand for a trade, reported last week to the Sixers and worked Sunday and Monday together. Simmons hasn’t talked publicly about the offseason trade request.
Simmons, 25 years old, still has 4 years and $147 Million left on his max contract.
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Rivers stated Tuesday that he thought Rivers was distracting him. Rivers said that he didn’t want to follow the lead of everyone else. It was very early. He didn’t seem to mind. He should just leave, I told him. The practice continued.”
Simmons, who was reported to have been outside of the team’s huddle, looked disinterested in a practice at Monday’s practice.
Rivers declared, “Every day and every minute, I am going to give Ben an opportunity to join the team, be part of it.” Rivers said that Ben is bound to the team, and it will not change. It happens sometimes quickly and the guys get back on board. It doesn’t always happen. Both have happened to me and it’s fine for me.”
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Simmons didn’t make Tuesday’s scheduled media appearance. Rivers stated that Simmons is welcome to go back to practice. On Friday, the Sixers host their home opener.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.
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