La squadra ha sospeso Simmons per una partita e salterà l'esordio stagionale mercoledì sera contro i New Orleans Pelicans dopo quella che hanno definito una condotta dannosa per la squadra. Simmons reportedly refused to play as a full participant during Tuesday’s practice, so head coach Doc Rivers kicked him out and suspended him.
Fellow superstar Joel Embiid took a massive shot at Simmons.
“A questo punto, I don’t care about that man. He does whatever he wants,” Embiid ha detto.
Simmons, who held out of training camp after demanding a trade during the offseason, reported to the team last week and practiced Sunday and Monday with the Sixers. Simmons hasn’t talked publicly about the offseason trade request.
Simmons, 25, still has four years and $ 147 million left on his max contract.
“I just thought he was a distraction today,” Rivers said Tuesday after practice. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everybody else was doing. It was early. It wasn’t a big deal. I just told him he should leave. We went on with practice.”
Simmons reportedly was outside of the team huddle, dribbled a basketball and looked uninterested during a team huddle at Monday’s practice, where he did not practice with the first team.
“Ogni giorno, every single moment, I’m going to give Ben a chance to join the team and be part of the team,” Rivers said. “He’s under contract to be part of the team and that’s not going to change. Sometimes it happens quick and guys join back in. Sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve been in both situations and I’m fine with that.”
Simmons did not make his scheduled media availability Tuesday. Rivers said Simmons would be welcome to return to practice. The Sixers play their home opener Friday.
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