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76ers’ Simmons hit with one-game suspension for 2021-22 opener

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Philadelphia 76ers star point guard Ben Simmons is not happy. And he’s letting his unhappiness show.

Simmons left the team’s practice on Tuesday. He refused to take part in a defensive drill.

Ben Simmons attempts a shot in a pickup game (Photo by Ben Simmons/Instagram)

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, 76ers head coach Doc Rivers asked Simmons to participate in the drill. Simmons refused to do so.

Rivers allegedly asked the disgruntled star to participate in the drill once again. Instead, Simmons continued to resist.

After the second attempt to get Simmons to comply, Rivers insisted that he needed to go home. That’s when Simmons allegedly dropped the ball and left the practice facility.

Simmons has been suspended for Wednesday night’s opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. He has also been fined $1.4 million for missing the team’s four preseason games.

He was holding out in hopes that a trade would be made. However, the 76ers brass has been steadfast in their denial to trade Simmons.

Now, he may have forced their hand to keep distractions at a minimum. Other teams forced their disgruntled players to not participate with their teammates until a trade can be worked out.

Simmons recently returned to Philadelphia on Sunday and participated in practice with his teammates on Monday.

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Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 10 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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