Doc Rivers: 76ers’ Ben Simmons not in ‘sport form’



FILE – Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with Ben Simmons. Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Photos/AFP (Photograph by Tim Nwachukwu / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Photos by way of AFP)

Philadelphia 76ers level guard Ben Simmons practiced Sunday for the first time since ending his holdout.

Coach Doc Rivers mentioned the 25-year-old All-Star is in “respectable form” however may not be able to play in Wednesday’s regular-season opener in New Orleans.

“I’m gonna wait and see,” Rivers mentioned Sunday. “Conditioning, I’d say, simply watching him he’s in respectable form. Nonetheless not, clearly, sport form.”

Simmons reported to the staff on Oct. 11 after an acrimonious offseason that included a commerce demand. He missed all 4 of Philadelphia’s preseason contests.

“Proper now, I’m simply making an attempt to get him again snug and built-in,” Rivers mentioned when requested about Simmons’ availability this week. “I’m not even fascinated with that. That’ll come sooner or later. There’s no sport plan there, I’ll let you know that. When he’s prepared, he’ll play.”

Simmons didn’t converse to the media after follow.

The three-time All-Star averaged 14.3 factors, 6.9 assists and seven.2 rebounds in 58 video games final season. He averaged simply 11.9 factors within the playoffs whereas capturing a dismal 34.2 % from the free-throw line.


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