/ 21 October 2021

Simmons bounced from the Sixers

Image source: NBA
Image source: NBA

Aussie basketballer Ben Simmons will miss out on playing in the Philadelphia 76ers NBA season opener today after being suspended from the team for “detrimental” behaviour. The 2-time NBA All-Star has played for the Sixers since 2016, but the wheels started to fall off after a lacklustre finals season mid-year. It was such a big thing that he said he wouldn’t play for Australia in the Olympics because he had to focus on rebuilding his skills. Since then, Simmons demanded to be traded to a new club. That didn’t happen, and as things have become increasingly fraught, he’s been fined around US$2 million by his club for mucking up. It’s uncertain whether Simmons will play in Philly’s 2nd game against the Brooklyn Nets this weekend, but if he does, he’ll have another Aussie to contend with… Patty Mills started with the Nets yesterday, and he grabbed headlines after equalling an NBA record for 3-pointers. Go you good thing…

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