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Ben Simmons returns to practice with 76ers, still not ready to play

Ben Simmons returns to practice with 76ers, still not ready to play

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Oct 18
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Ben Simmons ended his holdout by returning to practice with the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. However, it has yet to be confirmed when he would start playing again.

Head coach Doc Rivers said Simmons was in “decent shape” but added that the player is not ready to return to the court yet.

“I’m gonna wait and see,” Rivers said. “Conditioning, I would say, just watching him, he’s in decent shape. Still not, obviously, game shape.”

Reporters asked Rivers whether Simmons would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans, to which he answered: “Right now, I’m just trying to get him back comfortable and integrated. I’m not even thinking about that. That’ll come at some point. There’s no game plan there, I’ll tell you that. When he’s ready, he’ll play.”

It was rumored that Simmons had skipped training camp and did not play in the preseason because he was no longer willing to play for the 76ers.

The team reportedly tried to trade him, but no suitors were prepared to pay the asking price.

Simmons returned to the team last Monday following a fine of $360,000 for missing a preseason game amid escalating tensions with his teammates.

Oct 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers fan wears a t-shirt referencing guard Ben Simmons who has not reported to training camp during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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