Tobias Harris on Ben Simmons: 'When he's ready, we will embrace our brother with love'

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By , Audacy Sports

Tobias Harris's journey as a Philadelphia 76er hasn't been smooth-sailing.

He drew a lot of criticism throughout his first full season here, in 2019-20, and took a lot of heat from the team's fan base after signing a huge five-year, $180 million deal without the performance that would make such a contract worth it. He's often had to step it up in a big way when injuries to Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid have occurred. And he's currently dealing with the effects of a nightmare scenario between Simmons and the 76ers, with new details, twists and turns coming with every new day.

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Luckily, Harris is well-equipped with the intangibles needed to cope with all of the above situations, and his exceptional leadership isn't anything new. His teammates and coaches have lauded him for that trait in the past, and he's using it to deal with the constant buzz surrounding the team right now. After news broke that Simmons told his teammates and coaches that he's "not mentally ready to play yet," Harris wasted no time in revealing his position — as a friend and leader of the team — so that no speculation might arise.

Though there isn't a whole lot that every single person will agree on throughout this entire Simmons saga, you won't find too many people disagreeing that Harris is "a good dude," "one hell of a leader," "the leader we all need," and more — all of those were pulled straight from top comments on the response.

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My eyes first opened to Tobi's leadership — aside from accounts by other players and coaches — after watching Matisse Thybulle's "Welcome to the Bubble" YouTube docuseries. Seeing him talk about the controversial and important non-basketball issues that were, and still are, extremely prevalent, all while focusing on winning basketball amid a raging pandemic, was a sight to behold, and I'd recommend rewatching for those nuggets if you want to see Harris at his best.

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