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2021 NBA Media Day: Ben Simmons’ absence, Kyrie Irving’s vaccine controversy among top 10 storylines

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“…You can still get COVID and still pass it along it vaccinated.”

The NBA isn’t requiring players to get vaccinated, so Beal isn’t breaking any rules. Sixers show support for Simmons amid his Media Day absence

Ben Simmons’ absence was the main talking point at Media Day in Philadelphia, and all the players on the team, including Joel Embiid, expressed a desire to see Simmons back in Philadelphia. “So him not going to be here, it is disappointing. But like I said to guys on the team, to all of us, he’s still part of our team, Ben is still part of our team, he’s still got 15 guys in that locker room, probably seven or eight who played with him last year, that’s still his brother, and he’s still our brother as well. So we hope the situation could get resolved.”

Up and down the roster, the other Sixers players who have a history with Simmons expressed a similar sentiment.

“My opinion is, obviously I got [vaccinated] and am ready to be available and following the mandates and what not. But that’s kind of where it is, and in the next coming weeks and how it all plays out is gonna be entirely up to him. We obviously hope he’s available and with us, and kind of go from there.”

Like Irving, Wiggins still has time to get vaccinated and not be forced to miss any game action.

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