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Doc Rivers doesn’t know how the Ben Simmons saga will end up for him and the Philadelphia 76ers.
After a holdout, and Simmons making it clear that he doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia, Simmons cleared the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol on Friday and is expected to be at practice on Sunday ahead of the season opener next week.
Yet Rivers, and everyone else, still has no idea if Simmons will take the court for the 76ers this season.
For now, though, Rivers is insisting that he hasn’t quit on Simmons.
“Is it a perfect situation? No, and I get that,” Rivers said Friday,. “But I’m never going to give up on a player that’s on the roster. I just can’t do that. It doesn’t matter what the player is saying. He’s on the roster, and my job is to get every player that’s on the team to believe that this team, that is together right now, can win it.
Ben Simmons reportedly already feeling impact of holdout after being fined $360,000 by 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is reportedly already feeling the impact of his holdout. Simmons' camp met with the players association after Simmons was fined roughly $360,000 for missing Monday's game, and were told they could not get that money back, according to the Philly Voice. Simmons, 25, is locked in a holdout with the 76ers after a rough offseason. The 76ers played their first preseason game Monday, a 123-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Simmons wasn't present for the contest, and was fined roughly $360,000 for his absence. That figure was reportedly higher than Simmons' camp expected, according to the Philly Voice.
“That doesn’t matter if a player wants to be here or not, I have to get that across.”
Ben Simmons ended holdout, shocked 76ers
Simmons has been in the center of a tumultuous offseason with the 76ers.
He skipped training camp, as there was, and he . Simmons was . He did not play with the team against Detroit on Friday night in their final preseason game, either.
Yet on Monday night,to the team facility.
Ben Simmons only reporting to 76ers with short-term intentions?
It’s unclear if his holdout is actually over, or what comes next. The 76ers are set to open their season on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, though Simmons’ status for that game is still unknown.
While plenty of questions still remain, Rivers doesn’t have any answers. For now, he said, he’s just taking it slow.
“The first step was getting him through protocol,” Rivers said,. “Now, the next step is getting him integrated with the team.”
Ben Simmons reporting to 76ers daily, but playing in games will depend on mental health .
It seemed impossible in early October, but Ben Simmons is inching closer to getting back on the court with the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons is reporting to the team daily and apparently will play games again once he feels mentally ready. Head coach Doc Rivers confirmed Simmons is showing up "every day." Rivers added that Simmons' back is improving, and his return to the court will be based on his mental health. Rivers on Simmons: “His back is getting better. It’s more about the mental. That’s where it’s at.” https://t.co/b5Rg2YphGw— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) October 28, 2021 The news marks yet another encouraging update between Simmons and the team.