Ben Simmons’ teammates with the 76ers publicly supported the All-Star level guard after he informed them in a staff meeting earlier than Friday’s recreation towards the Nets that he’s “not mentally ready to play.”
Simmons, who requested a commerce over the summer time, was kicked out of form and suspended for the season opener earlier in the week for conduct detrimental to the staff.
“I think it’s obviously a good start,” ahead Tobias Harris informed reporters mentioned following the Sixers’ loss to Brooklyn. “I feel presently we’ve to respect his privateness, his area. We’ve received to be there for him all through what he’s going via and his course of.
“I think it’s easy to look at something on the surface and come to assumptions on a lot of things, especially [with] athletes. In general in this space, you’re depicted as super-humans and not really supposed to have feelings or go through anything. So I think we just really have to understand he’s a human first.”
All-Star heart Joel Embiid talked about Simmons whereas addressing the group at Wells Fargo Center earlier than the sport, thanking followers “for supporting us and our teammate Ben because he’s still our brother.”
After the loss to Brooklyn, Embiid, echoed Harris’ phrases and mentioned the Sixers are a “better” staff with Simmons in the lineup.
“That’s the first step. That’s a step,” Embiid mentioned of Simmons addressing the staff. “Like I all the time say, that’s on the entrance office. Hopefully they work out what’s greatest for the staff, as a result of this can be a business. We’re looking for methods to win.
“For us, we have a big opportunity. And like I always say, we are better with him. I wouldn’t mind playing with him. I know my teammates also wouldn’t because at the end of the day, we’re just trying to win.”