The situation between Ben Simmons and the Sixers went from bad to worse on Tuesday when Simmons was thrown out of practice and was subsequently suspended for the team’s season opener this Wednesday in New Orleans.
Speaking to the media after practice, Joel Embiid didn’t sound too thrilled about the situation.
“I’d be willing to babysit if someone wants to listen. But thats not my job,” Embiid said. “That is not in my control.”
Embiid made it clear he was going to focus on the players that were at practice and focus on the upcoming game.
Prior to Embiid speaking, head coach Doc Rivers said he threw Simmons out of practice because he didn’t seem interested in taking part in practice. Rivers did say Simmons would be welcome back to practice on Thursday, but it remains to be seen if Simmons will show up.
Simmons was expected to address the media following Tuesday's practice for the first time since the team's eliminating loss against the Hawks, but that has been subsequently canceled due to his suspension.
Throughout the offseason, Simmons was quietly working out in Los Angeles while reports circulated that he was demanding a trade and did not want to play another game for the 76ers. However last week Simmons did show up to practice and did take part in two days of practice before Tuesday’s incident.
With thing clearly getting uglier by the day between Simmons, Embiid and the Sixers, you have to wonder if Daryl Morey is going to get a deal done sooner rather than later to get the distraction away from the team.