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76ers kick Ben Simmons out of practice, suspend him for one game for not being engaged

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On Tuesday, the Sixers suspended Simmons for one game for conduct deferential to the team. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing. At the end of the day, as a coach, I had to protect the team. The team [comes] first, and then we get to the other part. So today, I thought it was more important to focus on the team.”

When asked if Simmons wants to be with the team, Rivers said: “Today, not, obviously – we told him to go home. But hopefully, at some point, yeah.”

The suspension is the latest in a long line of back-and-forth events that have transpired between Simmons and the Sixers since Philadelphia was upset by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs in June. Simmons requested a trade from the team over the offseason, and said that he wouldn’t ever play for the Sixers again.

Sixers big man Joel Embiid told reporters after practice that he has yet to speak to Simmons about his status on the team, though he made it clear that he is over the situation as a whole.

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