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Sport Joel Embiid tells 76ers fans to support Ben Simmons before home opener: 'He's still our brother'

04:15  23 october  2021
04:15  23 october  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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The Friday meeting between Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the rest of the Philadelphia 76ers may have been the turning point for the organization. Embiid expressed support for Simmons prior to Friday's home opener, telling fans to stand by Simmons.

Embiid got on the microphone before the game and said of Simmons, "He's still our brother."

Prior to his pre-game speech, Embiid said the meeting with Simmons, "Helped us as a team."

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That's quite the turnaround from Embiid, who appeared frustrated with Simmons as recently as Tuesday. Simmons was kicked out of practice that day after reportedly refusing to enter a drill. Simmons was suspended for a game for his actions, and missed the team's season opener.

Embiid was also critical of Simmons following the team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs last season. Embiid criticized Simmons for passing up easy shots and missing free throws. Those comments may have fueled Simmons' offseason frustration with the organization.

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Ben Simmons told team he's not ready to play in games

With frustrations running high, Simmons met with Embiid, Rivers and the rest of the 76ers on Friday morning. He reportedly told the team he was "not mentally ready" to play in games yet.

Embiid is not the only player who expressed support for Simmons following that meeting. Tobias Harris said the team will respect Simmons' privacy for now, and embrace him when he's ready to come back.

Simmons previously faced fines after not reporting to the team on time and getting suspended for the team's season opener. It's unclear whether the 76ers will — or can — continue to fine Simmons as he prepares to get himself ready to play again.

If Friday's comments are any indication, Simmons' teammates are supportive of Simmons taking care of his mental health before playing in games.

Joel Embiid wants 76ers fans to embrace Ben Simmons again. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Joel Embiid wants 76ers fans to embrace Ben Simmons again. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Warriors not giving up young talent for Ben Simmons .
Anthony Slater: There are people within the building that would be intr igued by the idea. There’s definitely a contingent that asks how will that fit with Draymond? Simmons could fit in the Warriors’ read-and-react style, but he’d make the most sense in the Draymond role as the pick-and-roll guy with Curry. What matters most is that the guy up top, Joe Lacob, has literally been fined for giving his opinion about not believing in Simmons’ fit with the Warriors.

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