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“I don’t care about this man” – .


Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t started well.

The team has suspended Simmons for one game and he will miss Wednesday night’s season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans after what they called damaging conduct to the team. Simmons reportedly refused to play as a full participant in Tuesday’s practice, so head coach Doc Rivers sent him off and suspended.

Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers attends practice at the NBA basketball team’s premises Monday, October 18, 2021, in Camden, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)
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Superstar Joel Embiid snapped a massive photo in Simmons.

“At this point, I don’t care about this man. He does what he wants, ”Embiid said.

Simmons, who retired from training camp after asking for a trade in the offseason, introduced himself to the team last week and trained with the Sixers on Sunday and Monday. Simmons has not spoken publicly about the offseason swap request.

Simmons, 25, still has four years and $ 147 million on his max contract.

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with members of the media at the NBA basketball team’s premises Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in Camden, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)
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“I just thought he was a distraction today,” Rivers said after practice Tuesday. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing. It was early. It was not a big deal. I just told him he should go. We continued with training. “

Simmons was said to have been outside the squad squad, dribbled a basketball and didn’t appear interested in a squad squad during Monday practice, where he didn’t train with the first team.

“Every day, every moment, I’m going to give Ben a chance to join the team and be a part of the team,” said Rivers. “He’s under contract to be part of the team and that’s not going to change. Sometimes it happens quickly and the guys join in. Sometimes no. I’ve been in both situations and that’s fine with me. “

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers chats with members of the media after practice at the NBA basketball team’s premises on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Camden, New Jersey . (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)
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Simmons did not make his scheduled media availability Tuesday. Rivers said Simmons would be welcome to return to training. The Sixers play their home opener on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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