'I don't know how' Sixers get out of mess with Ben Simmons, says NBA legend Gary Payton


The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Tuesday that star guard Ben Simmons, who ended his dramatic offseason holdout last week, has been suspended for one game due to "conduct detrimental to the team." According to reports, head coach Doc Rivers threw Simmons out of practice for being disengaged, and the suspension was issued shortly thereafter.

As a result of the disciplinary action, Simmons will miss Wednesday night's season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. The 25-year-old has also been fined $1.4 million by the Sixers for skipping four preseason games and offseason absences, per ESPN.

"When you let it get this far and you get into a situation like this, I think that Philadelphia should've made a move from the beginning if he didn't want to be there," NBA legend Gary Payton told the Tiki and Tierney show on Tuesday. "But I really think the player should be accountable, too. You're a professional. If you're going in there, be professional about it. Play as hard as you can. Let other teams see what you're going to do and your value, and get traded...

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