Embiid shows Simmons support

24 October 2021 01:10:08 GMTPlus11
Embiid backs Simmons

Joel Embiid feels the Philadelphia 76ers are a better team when Ben Simmons is playing and he hopes the guard can return to action soon.

Philadelphia are 22/1 to win the NBA Championship outright and Embiid is 18/1 to be the regular season MVP.

Simmons requested a trade after the end of last season following criticism of his performances in the playoff series defeat to Atlanta Hawks.

However, the Australian has been unable to secure a move away and remains in Philadelphia, for now at least.

The Sixers suspended Simmons for the first game of the season against New Orleans Pelicans for "conduct detrimental to the team" and he was also not involved in the home defeat to Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

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Simmons is understood to have informed the Sixers he does not feel mentally ready to play after a difficult summer and it remains unclear as to when he may be able to return.

Embiid has previously said "our job is not to babysit" in reference to the ongoing saga surrounding Simmons but after the game against the Nets the Philly star softened his stance.

"We're trying to find ways to win," he said, as reported by WA Today.

"And for us, we have a big opportunity. And like I always say, we are better with him. I wouldn't mind playing with him. I know my teammates also wouldn't, because at the end of the day, we’re just trying to win."

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