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Ben Simmons practices with cellphone in pocket, skips 76ers huddle
Ben Simmons is back at Philadelphia 76ers practice. Multiple videos surfaced from Monday's team practice, Simmons' second with the 76ers since he ended his holdout last week. Video from NBC Sports Philadelphia showed Simmons participating in drills with his teammates. He did so while wearing warmup pants and what appears to be a cellphone in his pocket. Maybe he forgot his Fitbit and just wanted to keep track of his steps. A video from the end of practice is even more telling. WPVI shared video of a post-session team huddle. Players, coaches and staff joined hands in the middle to break practice. That is, except for Simmons.
After missing the first two weeks of the NBA 2021-22 season, it seems that Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons is back at team practice.
Ben Simmons has been capturing headlines since the NBA season began, but he's nowhere to be found on the court.
Theare 3-2, and Simmons has been sidelined for the first two weeks of the season. First, a suspension for " " at practice sidelined him, then a back injury has had him off his feet for the past week. Knicks fans added their own commentary to the issue when they chanted " " during a 112-99 victory over the Philadelphia team.
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The 76ers want Ben Simmons to play for them. He doesn't seem all that interested in suiting up. So, what comes next in this strange saga? What did Ben Simmons do at the 76ers' practice? Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers kicked Simmons out of Tuesday's practice because of a "refusal to participate in the next stage of the session," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who noted that Simmons has not been consistently engaged since his return to the team. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that Rivers asked Simmons to join a defensive drill multiple times, but Simmons refused to participate.
Simmons met with the team last week and told them he wasn't "", finally revealing to teammates why Simmons has been advocating for a trade in the first place.
According to, sources revealed that Simmons "does not feel like himself mentally right now to play in Philadelphia and needs time."
It looks like Simmons is on the mend, as he has been reported at Friday's practice and even participated in today's shootaround.
According to 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, Simmons' impending return depends more on his mental health than his physical health.
Ben Simmons returns to practice, but game return remains uncertain
Even though Simmons appears to be in suitable physical health, what Rivers and earlier reports indicate is that Simmons is mentally struggling with accepting his role on the 76ers.
Simmons has been unsuccessfully fighting for a trade for months, which is why he eventually caved and began attending practice before the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
That is where Simmons was flagged for detrimental conduct because he refused to participate in shooting drills.
Despite Simmons' reluctance, the 76ers remain uninterested in trading him, as 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey plainly stated during a radio interview earlier this week. According to Morey, everyone "" for what's to come, because the 76ers are not trading Simmons for anything less than what they believe he is worth.
"Right now, any sort of trade, which obviously Ben Simmons wants, the best thing we could do is get role players back," Morey explained on 97.5 The Fanatic's The Mike Missanelli Show. "That makes no sense, that will give us no better chance to win the title if we were to move Ben Simmons for role players."
76ers resume fining Ben Simmons .
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