“Act Like a Diva”: 76ers Fans Enraged as Ben Simmons Hampers Team’s Practice Yet Again

Published 10/22/2021, 2:21 AM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


As the NBA 2021-22 season begins, Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers seem to be headed towards an ugly breakup. Simmons has been looking for a way out of the team, missing practices and games. While his arrival in Philadelphia was indeed a surprise, the 25-year-old refuses to participate in any activity, desperate to part way.

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Simmons’ rift with the team began after their Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks last season. What no one expected, however, was how quickly things escalated. The young point guard apparently is desperate to leave, not looking to play even one game with the team. As a result, he has missed their training camp, practices, meetings, and also the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Ben Simmons and 76ers situation to get worse?

As recent reports suggest, Simmons‘ relationship with the team is only deteriorating. He refused to participate in any drill with the team, which resulted in Doc Rivers asking him to leave. His behavior was seen as detrimental to the team, who are looking to bounce back and pursue the elusive NBA title.

This time, Simmons reportedly did arrive at the 76ers practice facility, leaving soon after. He did not participate in any of the scheduled individual workouts, which also makes his status for their game against the Brooklyn Nets uncertain.

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It goes without saying fans remain unhappy with Simmons’ behavior. The Louisiana State product was referred to as a ‘diva’, who is refusing to cooperate. Most fans are aware that Simmons and the 76ers are headed to a really bad breakup, the point guard ending up as the bad guy. Others just responded with hilarious memes and so on, some frustrated at how Simmons was dealing with the situation.

Fans also discussed the possibility of a trade, wondering about the team Simmons would play with. Many pointed out that Simmons is also there for the money, which he will lose if he does not show up.

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Is there any hope for Simmons and the 76ers?

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

“I just thought he was a distraction today,” Rivers said. “I didn’t think he wanted to do what everybody else was doing. It was early. It wasn’t a big deal”. However, he still hopes that Simmons will want to play for the team soon. While the situation remains unpredictable, many still hope for a positive outcome.

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Simmons is also fined $1.4 million by the 76ers, a result of his four missed preseason games, along with missed practices, workouts meetings, and so on. He was also suspended from the team’s opening game, which could cost him $227,000.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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