Sixers stars Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris have message to Ben Simmons – .

Sixers stars Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris have message to Ben Simmons – .

The Philadelphia 76ers have played two games to start the 2021-22 season and the story continues to focus on someone who is yet to be there.

Ben Simmons returned to the Sixers on Oct. 11, but the race has been bumpy since then. He was not mentally committed to training, he was fired from training on October 19 and was subsequently suspended for the first game of the season.

He then met the team on Friday and expressed his desire to return to the team, but he’s not mentally ready yet. In fact, he’s seeking professional help to help him prepare to return to the Sixers and play basketball again.

“It was good,” Joel Embiid said after losing to the Brooklyn Nets. “Finally, it was the first time any of us heard it. I thought it was good for the band.

Embiid actually addressed the crowd before the game and he wants fans to support Simmons as he’s still their brother at the end of the day.

“It’s the first step, it’s a start,” Embiid continued of Simmons. “As I always say, it’s the front office. Hopefully they find what’s best, obviously, for the team as this is a business. We are trying to find ways to win and for us we have a great opportunity. “

Whatever Simmons is going through, the team have expressed their support for the 25-year-old. No matter what he’s dealing with right now, they are starting to understand his side and they are supporting him.

“I think it’s obviously a good start, but like I said, I think right now we have to respect his privacy and his space,” said Tobias Harris. “We have to be there for him throughout what he’s going through in this process. I think it’s easy to look at something on the surface and come up with speculation about a lot of things and especially athletes in general in this space, we’re portrayed as superhumans and not really meant to have feelings or live anything.

Harris is right because these guys are first and foremost humans. They are human before they are basketball players and people need to understand that.

“I think we have to really understand that he’s a human first and if he’s going through something at that point, we have to respect that and be there for him as a team, organization, fans, everything. along the line because when he’s here to do a show and help us win victories everyone is clapping and praising but we live in a type world ‘what have you been doing for me lately “And when it doesn’t, it’s easy to turn around,” Harris added. “I think right now he needs more support than neglect. “

At the end of the day, the Sixers just want to win basketball games, and having Simmons with the team goes a long way in that regard.

“Like I always say, we’re better with him,” Embiid concluded. “I wouldn’t mind playing with him. I know my teammates wouldn’t either because at the end of the day we’re just trying to win.

The Sixers will hit the road for two games starting with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, which will give Simmons his next chance to play after the team reunion.

“It was very necessary for us as a group and I think for him to be able to communicate with the guys too, it was very necessary,” concluded Harris. “It was a step in the right direction to bring him back and acclimatize him and with what we started here. “

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