‘This Is Not Middle School’: Tobias Harris Comments on Ben Simmons’ Dramatic Return

Published 10/18/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
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 requesting for a trade from Philadelphia, their star forward Ben Simmons hasn’t said enough to untangle the mystery. However, Simmons was recently spotted in a team practice on Saturday after missing a number of them. As a teammate and Sixers’ starter, Tobias Harris says they are focusing on putting their ‘big boy’ pants on, and not on the Simmons-76ers saga.

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The 2021-22 season is on its way. Philadelphia 76ers haven’t seen Simmons around after the 2021 postseason Game 7 loss to Hawks. Until now, Ben Simmons’ tale has been hustled up. With criticism pouring in for the 25-YO, he decided to make a move from the Sixers. However, it wasn’t that simple. And the team management hasn’t been able to find a trade deal for Simmons.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons returns to practice as doubts are bigger than before

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Ever since the entire act of trade request, Ben Simmons was nowhere to be found on practices for the preseason. But now, his return has triggered a lot of doubts amongst Philly fans. In order to calm the growing anticipation, Tobias Harris elaborated on the same during an interview –

“We got an opening to our season coming up…that’s honestly where our focus is. We’re grown men here. This is not middle school, seventh grade, eighth grade, ‘Oh, you did this to me, you did this!’ Nah, as soon as we step on that floor, it’s just basketball… So, put our big boy pants on the floor and we get on the floor and do what we do.”

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Harris is clear on his intentions and focuses to achieve bigger in the league this year. Well, it still isn’t decided if Simmons will continue as the opener, but we’ll find out in a few days’ time.

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Philadelphia 76ers is heading near to its home season opener

The Sixers will lock horns with the Big 3 Brooklyn Nets in their home opener on Friday. After an immense amount of tension circling around Doc Rivers and co., all eyes are on them. Their team is stifling down with lesser developments in play.

Feb 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a score against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

However, former MVP contender Joel Embiid is ready to lead the roster. His take on Simmons’ poor performance during the previous postseason made headlines recently. Let’s see what Sixers will look like when the regular season begins.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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