Latest Update on Ben Simmons’ Mental Health Delivers Mixed News for 76ers

Published 11/08/2021, 10:54 AM EST
Apr 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) saves a ball headed out of bounds during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


After a fallout with the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons made his desire to leave the franchise public. Things unfolded at the end of last season when Simmons decided that his time at Philadelphia was over.

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His hunt for a new team continues till the day, with the Warriors reportedly being interested. However, these rumors have died down, and the Boston Celtics are the latest frontrunners.

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In addition to his on-court drama, Simmons recently revealed an off-court battle. As per his admission, he has been battling mental health issues for a while now. Following the news, the NBA community has poured in their wishes for the 25-YO over the past few weeks.

As a result, the team (otherwise deranged with his behaviour) has also decided to help their player out. In four seasons with Philly, Simmons averaged close to 16 points. Thus, it is only natural that the franchise takes care of one of its sons.

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Sixers receive a key update on Ben Simmons’ mental health

As a professional athlete, it is never easy to permanently be in the best state of mind. One is always under the pressure to perform, and battle themselves as well as the public. A couple of weeks ago, Simmons had a fallout with coach Doc Rivers. After a string of fines, he revealed that he has been fighting against mental issues. Since his honest confession, the 76ers have taken the time to find out the details regarding the issue.

May 26, 2021; Ben Simmons reacts after dunking the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to Shams Charania, Simmons has given his current team the names of his mental health professionals. The side is doing everything it can to help the guard-forward during this tumultuous time. In addition, it has also asked Simmons for further details, but the player is yet to give his consent. Provided he agrees in accordance with patient confidentiality, the franchise will take the next step.

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Regardless of what has unfolded on the court, we all wish Ben Simmons a happy, healthy life. More than anything, it is important to be in the right state of mind. The sporting results will follow. In all likelihood, Simmons will soon shine on the court again!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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