Ben Simmons has finally met with Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid, and his teammates today to discuss the events that we have been unfolded over the last four months. Simmons also shared with the team that he wasn’t mentally ready to play to his expectations and needed time to step away to focus on his own mental issues before rejoining the team.
Sources: Ben Simmons spoke to Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid and entire 76ers team today and accepted everyone needs to take responsibility, including himself — but Simmons informed them all that he’s not mentally ready to play yet and needs time.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 22, 2021
Truth be told, Ben has not played a single pre-season game. Now, it appears his season debut will be on hold for an indefinite period over his mental health concerns.
His teammates are on board with, for instance, Tobias Harris has publicly shared that they will respect his privacy.
And we’ll respect his privacy and space during this time. When he’s ready, we will embrace our brother with love and handle our business on the court. That's it, that's all. https://t.co/eardjmQbz8
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) October 22, 2021
After going through such a dramatic summer, Sixers fans must be hoping that things will finally get together, and it looks like it could be true. Especially after Embiid’s message prior to playing the Nets.
"He's still our brother."
Joel Embiid's message to fans about Ben Simmons before the Nets-Sixers game
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 22, 2021
More to come.