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Doc Rivers Kicked Ben Simmons Out of Practice (And Then 76ers Suspended Him One Game)

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The 76ers begged Ben Simmons to come back to practice, and now they are begging for him to leave. Be careful what you wish for, I guess?

According to reports, Simmons was kicked out of practice on Tuesday by head coach Doc Rivers. Shortly after being given the boot, the organization handed him a one-game suspension due to conduct detrimental to the team.

What exactly happened:

The Simmons situation reached a boiling point months ago, when the two-time All-Star told the organization he would not return to Philly for training camp as he awaited a trade. Meanwhile, the organization remained adamant about rekindling their broken relationship and making him a member of their roster on opening night. After some time passed and money started to go down the drain, Simmons made a quiet return to Philadelphia.

But while Simmons has been physically present, he has looked nothing short of checked out in the gym. On Monday, reporters caught a glimpse of Simmons at practice in sweatpants with his phone hanging out of his pocket. The 25-year-old could also be seen leaving the court by himself as the entire team met for a post-practice huddle.

And his teammates are noticing:

“I’m an agent of chaos.” – the Joker – Ben Simmons

Doc Rivers told reports after practice that he found Simmons to be a distraction today but that he would continue to embrace Simmons as part of the time. Will Simmons ever view himself that way again? It’s hard to say.

 



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.