Credit: AFP – Scanpix
Credit AFP – Scanpix

Ben Simmons has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team, according to the official Philadelphia 76ers' statement.

Ben Simmons

Ben  Simmons
Position: SF, PF
Age: 25
Height: 208 cm
Weight: 104 kg
Birth place: Australia

As a result, Simmons will miss the 76ers’ season opener at New Orleans.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Sixers coach Doc Rivers threw Ben Simmons out of practice today and the suspension came shortly thereafter.

Doc Rivers asked Ben Simmons to join a defensive drill today. Simmons refused. Rivers asked again. Simmons said no again. 

Then, Rivers told Simmons he should go home, and Simmons dropped the ball and left, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Simmons’ reluctance to physically and mentally engage with the Sixers since his return has been a consistent theme, via Wojnarowski.

The 76ers have also fined Ben Simmons $1.4M for his absence from four preseason games (360K each) and levied numerous team fines for missed practices, on-court workouts, and meetings. He hasn’t earned any money since returning to the team on October 11.

The three-time NBA All-Star averaged 14.3 points, 6.9 assists, and 7.2 rebounds in 58 games last season. He averaged just 11.9 points in the playoffs while shooting a dismal 34.2 percent from the free-throw line.

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