It was reported on Friday morning that Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons met with the rest of the team to address his current situation. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium has revealed some details regarding what transpired during that meeting.
“Sources tell me Ben Simmons addressed Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid and the entire 76ers’ team inside the locker room after film session and shoot around,” Charania said. “He informed them he’s not mentally ready to play and he needs time.”
Charania added that All-Star center Joel Embiid had an important question to ask Simmons. He wants to know why Simmons requested a trade earlier this year.
“When Joel Embiid in the meeting asked Ben Simmons why he wants a trade, Simmons responded that mentally he is just not feeling like himself right now and needs to take some time away. I’m told that was met with no response back.”
Sources say Joel Embiid today asked 76ers co-star Ben Simmons the question: Why do you want a trade? Simmons responded that he isn’t feeling mentally himself and needs time to get right. Details: pic.twitter.com/oevLl2hXB2
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 22, 2021
Sixers forward Tobias Harris revealed how he’s handling this situation on social media. He said that he’s going to give Simmons the privacy he needs during this time.
“And we’ll respect his privacy and space during this time,” Harris wrote. “When he’s ready, we will embrace our brother with love and handle our business on the court. That’s it, that’s all.”
Perhaps this time away from the court will actually fix Simmons’ relationship with the 76ers. For now, his playing career in Philadelphia is up in the air.