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After a weekend of supportive messages from his teammates, Ben Simmons is back working out with the Philadelphia 76ers.
He's also undergoing treatment for his mental health and his ailing back. TNT's Allie LaForce cited the 76ers front office in confirming the latest on the mercurial Philadelphia point guard.
LaForce reported during the broadcast of Tuesday's 76ers game against the New York Knicks that Simmons worked out with this teammates as recently as Tuesday morning. She also said that head coach Doc Rivers told her that Simmons "broke the ice"on Friday, calling it "a huge moment" for the team.
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"He has worked out at the facility in Camden with the team as recently as this morning," LaForce said. "Members of the front office confirmed with me that he is receiving professional help for his mental health through the player's union. He's also undergoing regular treatment on his back."
The 76ers also told LaForce that they plan to continue to pay him as long as he's working toward getting better.
Things looked much worse last week
The tone from the 76ers is in stark contrast with the state of the relationship in recent weeks as Simmons made a rocky return from his offseason holdout. Simmonshe wanted out of Philadelphia amid reports that the 76ers were unsuccessfully shopping him on the trade market. His holdout arrived after a tumultuous end to last season that saw and externally for his play during Philadelphia's disappointing second-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is reportedly dealing with back tightness after getting kicked out of practice Tuesday. Simmons reportedly told the 76ers he was dealing with the injury Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The situation escalated Tuesday, when Simmons was kicked out of practice for reportedly refusing to take part in a drill. The 76ers were not scheduled to practice Thursday, but Simmons was expected to take part in an individual workout. He did not, instead telling the team he was injured. The 76ers staff checked Simmons out and reportedly told him he was good to participate in workouts after he received treatment.
Simmons rejoined the team at practice last week amid reports that the 76ers were holding more thanas they fined him $360,000 for each missed preseason game.
showed Simmons going through the motions during drills and declining to join his teammates in a post-session huddle. A day later, Rivers reportedly kicked Simmons out of practice, and the .
Since then, Simmons reportedly addressed the team,that he's "not mentally ready to play." Since that meeting, teammates Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris . Just last week, , telling reporters "I don't care about that man."
And now, there's Tuesday's reports of Simmons receiving support from the 76ers front office.
None of this gets us any closer to knowing when — or if — Simmons will suit up for the 76ers. But it sounds like things are moving in a positive direction.
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