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‘I don’t care about that man’: Ben Simmons kicked out of training as 76ers’ patience runs out

Australian NBA star Ben Simmons has been suspended by the Philadelphia 76ers for one game “conduct detrimental to the team”.

It is the latest incident in the now acrimonious relationship between player and franchise, with ESPN reporting that Simmons was thrown out of a training session by head coach Doc Rivers.

Three-time All-Star Simmons did not join to the team for the beginning of pre-season training after requesting a trade in the off-season, but belatedly returned to Philadelphia last week and trained on Sunday and Monday.

Simmons appeared disinterested in footage from that first session, dribbling a basketball alone and not engaging during a team huddle.

Rivers admitted Simmons had not been training to the required standard. but tried to play down this latest incident.

“I thought he was a distraction today,” Rivers said.

“I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing.

“It was early, it wasn’t a big deal and I just told him he should leave then.”

Simmons was not interested during practice on Monday in New Jersey for the 76ers.(AP: Matt Rourke)

Rivers said he still wanted Simmons to be an active member of the roster, despite the off-season troubles and some disappointing playoff performances last season.

“That’s not going to change. Sometimes it happens quick and guys join back in and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Rivers said he expected Simmons to be back practicing with the team on Thursday.

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Simmons’s star teammate Joel Embiid let his frustrations with Simmons be known when he faced the media after practice.

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“I am focused on trying to make the team better.”

“At the end of the day our job is not to babysit somebody.

“We get paid to go out, play hard, win some games, we don’t get paid to come out here and try to babysit somebody, that is not our job.”

The 25-year-old Australian had four years and $US147 million ($196.5 million) left on his max contract when he decided he wanted a trade.

He will now miss the 76ers’ season opener on Wednesday night (local time) at New Orleans.

ABC/AP


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