Around the Association: Simmons Reports, Kyrie Fallout, Mann's Extension, Feeling Old, More

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Around the Association: Simmons Reports, Kyrie Fallout, Mann’s Extension, Feeling Old, More

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If you’re a Philadelphia 76ers fan, this news might excite you. If you’re not a 76ers fan, you’re probably just tired of hearing about the Ben Simmons drama. I know I am.

Anywho, Ben Simmons has finally ended the standoff between him and Philadelphia just a week before NBA’s Opening Night next Tuesday.

Simmons arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and will have to clear the COVID-19 protocols before he can start working out with the team, but Philly has their All-Star guard back for now.

I’d imagine that all is far from peachy with Simmons and the Sixers after Simmons requested a trade from the team and hasn’t talked to Doc Rivers or the front office since August, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Nevertheless, Simmons is expected to meet with Philadelphia’s leadership on Tuesday to reintegrate himself into the mix this week.

What else is going on around the association, you ask? Let’s check!

•   Another major storyline that has consumed the NBA preseason took a turn in a slightly surprising direction this morning when the Brooklyn Nets decided that they were going to start their season without their All-Star guard, Kyrie Irving. Irving has been away from the team due to NYC vaccination mandates for professional athletes. On Tuesday morning, Nets’ GM Sean Marks decided that Irving would not join the team until he met the local order and became eligible to be a full participant. Bobby Marks, Tim Bontemps, and Brian Windhorst do a solid job answering many of the questions surrounding this morning’s news.

•   On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers and Terance Mann came to terms on a two-year, $22 million extension. Mann spent much of the 2020-21 season as a reserve, averaging 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game but played a significant role when Los Angeles lost Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs. Marc J. Spears has all the details on the extension for Mann.

•   Yo, I’m this old! I was in high school when Dwyane Wade burst onto the NBA scene, and now his kid is heading to the G League.

•   The NBA will release its 75 Greatest Players list next week. Still, news that Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robinson will serve as ambassadors for the league indicated that all will be very well-represented on the list.

•  Jim Boylen sat in on Knicks practice on Tuesday. Boylen was an assistant with the Bulls under Tom Thibodeau when Thibodeau was at the helm in Chicago. All I have to say about this is … *insert Kanye shaking his head GIF*.

•  Good news for the Bulls? According to Willie Green, Zion Williamson’s injury situation is still cloudy, and his status for the start of the season remains up in the air. I hope Zion gets back on the court soon because he’s fun to watch and good for the game, but I must admit, the Bulls missing Zion when they play New Orleans on October 22 would be clutch.


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