Ben Simmons Claims 'Injury', Out Indefinitely


Well, we all knew it would come to this: Ben Simmons claiming an 'injury' to keep him from playing. Simmons reported "back tightness" to the Philadelphia 76ers training staff, who briefly treated him and declared him cleared to practice. But Simmons opted not to. 

This report by Shams Charania is more to the point.

"Not mentally ready to play" is an understatement. "Not expected to play for an undetermined period of time" is an obvious statement. 

The Sixers, of course, are not buying this latest tactic for one second.

Simmons was suspended this week for one game after being tossed out of practice by head coach Doc Rivers for refusing to take part in a drill, and his general distaste for being around his teammates. 

Sixers franchise player Joel Embiid had some harsh words for Simmons after that debacle at practice, and it was only a matter of time before the next phase of the All-Star guard's shenanigans came to fruition. Today's claim of "injury" was inevitable. 

The latest has Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that Simmons is expected to arrive early for shootaround on Friday "to discuss his playing status" with the front office. But it doesn't appear that there's a scenario in which we'll see Simmons come back to face the wrath of either his teammates, or the Philly fans, anytime soon. 

There's also no scenario where that "back injury" doesn't clear right up just as soon as a trade is completed. 

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