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Report: 76ers' Ben Simmons skips planned workout

Field Level Media
22 Oct 2021, 05:19 GMT+10

All-Star point guard Ben Simmons did not participate in a scheduled individual workout at the Philadelphia 76ers' practice facility Thursday, ESPN reported.

Simmons told officials that he had tightness in his back after arriving at the team's facility, according to the report. The team did not practice Thursday.

It is not immediately known if Simmons will suit up for the 76ers in their home opener against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Simmons served a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team in Philadelphia's season-opening 117-97 victory over the host New Orleans Pelicans. He received the ban for refusing to participate in a practice drill on Tuesday.

Without him, Tyrese Maxey scored 20 points as the fill-in point guard.

"(The players) have been normal, the only abnormal part is when they have to talk to the media afterwards and they're asked questions (about Simmons)," coach Doc Rivers said. "It's about playing basketball and growing together, and they've done a great job of that."

All-Star center Joel Embiid and reserve guard Furkan Korkmaz led Philadelphia with 22 points each.

"Our focus was always like zeroed into this game, but I think that just comes from a lot of guys having added opportunity here," said Tobias Harris, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. "And really trying to figure out ways that they can maximize that type (of) opportunity."

--Field Level Media

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