Ben Simmons received’t be taking part in within the Sixers’ residence opener on Friday in opposition to the Nets.
Simmons was thrown out of apply on Tuesday and suspended for their first sport in opposition to New Orleans when he reportedly refused to take part in a drill.
Simmons didn’t participate in a scheduled particular person exercise on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. Multiple experiences acknowledged that Simmons is complaining of again points and acquired handled for it on Thursday.
The Athletic reported that Simmons “is not mentally ready to play for the team,” he’ll not play in Friday’s residence opener in opposition to the Nets and it is unclear when he’ll swimsuit up for the 76ers. ESPN added that Simmons is expected to meet with team brass early Friday “to discuss his playing status.”
These again points, of course, come within the midst of a firestorm, as Simmons tries to drive his approach out of Philadelphia. The hate towards the purpose ahead, who disappeared within the Sixers’ playoff loss to Atlanta final summer time, is reaching a boiling level within the metropolis. Eagles heart Jason Kelce even touched on it on Thursday.
“There’s a lot of people who say it’s a hard place to play. I think it’s pretty f–king easy, to be honest with you,” Kelce told reporters. “You simply go on the market and play laborious. You need to be cherished on this metropolis as a baseball participant? Run to first base. They’re gonna f–king love you. I imply, that’s what it comes down to.
“If you go up there and make a bunch of excuses, if you come up here and try to lie to them and act like they don’t know what they’re talking about — which, sometimes they don’t — when you act that way or when you aren’t accountable if you’re making mistakes, or when you’re not getting better or anything like that, they’re going to crush you.”
Simmons appears to be falling into that lure, this supposed again tightness being the most recent episode.