Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is reportedly dealing with back tightness after getting kicked out of practice Tuesday. Simmons reportedly told the 76ers he was dealing with the injury Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Simmons hasn’t participated in many activities since reporting to the team. He took part in practice Sunday and Monday, but wasn’t fully engaged. The situation escalated Tuesday, when Simmons was kicked out of practice for reportedly refusing to take part in a drill. He was suspended for the team’s opener Wednesday, a 117-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 76ers were not scheduled to practice Thursday, but Simmons was expected to take part in an individual workout. He did not, instead telling the team he was injured. The 76ers staff checked Simmons out and reportedly told him he was good to participate in workouts after he received treatment.
The team has not officially ruled Simmons out for Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, although it seems unlikely Simmons will play considering he has only taken part in two full practices. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Simmons will miss the game and “is not expected to play for an undetermined period of time.”
Ben Simmons stuck in stalemate with 76ers
The 76ers and Simmons are at odds after the team was eliminated from the playoffs last season. Simmons was criticized by head coach Doc Rivers and star Joel Embiid after Simmons passed up easy shots and struggled at the free-throw line during the series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Simmons reportedly told the team he wanted a trade in the offseason. The 76ers allegedly shopped Simmons, but did not get a deal they wanted. Simmons decided to hold out at the start of camp, but returned to the team after fines piled up.
Simmons’ return hasn’t fixed anything, and it has reached a point where players from other Philadelphia teams are giving him advice. A trade feels like the best solution at this point, and things are going to be extremely awkward in Philadelphia until that happens.