Ben Simmons was kicked out of 76ers training on Tuesday for not being engaged, sources say.
This led to the suspension of the triple All-Star for Wednesday night’s season opener on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Simmons was due to speak to the media on Tuesday for the first time since the Sixers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Instead, Doc Rivers should address the media after the situation.
It comes a day after Simmons appeared to be out of Monday’s practice.
While it’s not clear if he will play or when he will play, there were serious doubts over the summer that Simmons would return to the Sixers. Simmons requested a trade in the offseason and only recently returned to training after a two-week hiatus that caused him to miss training camp. Simmons also hasn’t adapted to any of the Sixers’ four preseason games.
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Simmons first returned to the team on October 11, when he reported to the training facility for a COVID-19 test and entered league health and safety protocols.
He has since participated in two workouts and was seen on the field exercising when media entered the gym on Monday. Getting on the podium and answering questions would have been the next step for Simmons if this process had continued on a gradual trajectory. But as has become clear throughout this saga, there is no guarantee.
You can stream the Sixers press conference here, courtesy of NBC Sports Philadelphia.