Skip to main content

Philadelphia 76ers suspend Ben Simmons for refusing to physically and mentally engage with the team

Ben-Simmons-practice-min

We might as well call Ben Simmons the modern-day Harry Houdini for the spectacle he has put on since the Sixers were eliminated from last year’s playoffs.

After being bounced by the Atlanta Hawks in a series where he performed poorly, Simmons disappeared from the team and was unreachable for quite some time. Then, he magically appeared one day in Philadelphia during the preseason only to once again disappear from team action after being suspended for the team’s season opener.

Simmons is simply not interested in being a part of the Sixers this season, and he sure did get his wish. The Sixers star was ejected from practice yesterday by head coach Doc Rivers after the guard reportedly refused to participate in defensive drills.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Simmons’ lack of enthusiasm should not come as unexpected, but this kind of behavior is surprising even with the circumstances surrounding his return. Many, including the Sixers, hoped that Simmons’ return could signal a level of professionalism that would enable him to co-exist with the team. With the reports of his behavior and eventual suspension breaking the internet today, it seems that Philadelphia is far from resolving the issue. If Simmons’ return appeared to be warmly accepted by his teammates early on, it is apparent that some, namely Sixers star Joel Embiid, are fed up.

The situation is now a precarious one for the Sixers front office. They may be prepared to play a significant part of the regular season without Simmons, but without Embiid’s blessing, there is no way this is going to end well in Philadelphia.

The Sixers have repeatedly said that they will not accept a package of role players for the All-Star, but something has got to give at some point. Even if Ben doesn’t come to any of the games, he keeps the Sixers from progressing towards becoming a contender with this kind of behavior. Embiid has spoken, and now it’s time to get Simmons out of Philadelphia by doing whatever it takes.

Philadelphia 76ers forward P.J. Tucker

“As long as we’re winning, it doesn’t matter” — P.J. Tucker on his lack of shots on the Philadelphia 76ers

Tucker acknowledged the absence of James Harden is impacting his offensive output.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley and Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut

“He has zero technical fouls in 15 seasons, that’s amazing” — Andrew Bogut astonished by unbelievable Mike Conley stat

In almost 1000 NBA games, Mike Conley was the ultimate professional and Andrew Bogut is putting the spotlight on that.

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James and shooting guard Dwyane Wade

"You guys were panting" — Windhorst and Fizdale on the time LeBron James' Heat put an end to Linsanity

Brian Windhorst recalled that things got so tense that Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had to call a timeout to let his players breathe for a while.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant and New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose

“Coming in, he was my comparison” - Ja Morant on how Derrick Rose paved the way for athletic point guards

The similarities between Ja and prime Rose's games are uncanny, but here's to hoping the Grizzlies star can have a healthy career.