Ben Simmons will miss the season opener for his Philadelphia 76ers. The 25-year-old Philly point guard was kicked out of practice today and suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.
According to a tweet by ESPN’s SportsCenter, the suspension will only last one game. The 76ers star will therefore serve the suspension for the team’s Wednesday opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Simmons was the subject of trade rumors in the offseason and was said to be selling his Philadelphia home. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted about the incident.
“Sixers coach Doc Rivers threw Ben Simmons out of practice today and the suspension came shortly thereafter, sources tell ESPN.”
Another tweet noted that Simmons was kicked out by Rivers for refusing to participate in the next stage of the day’s practice session. Sources have said that Simmons reluctance to engage with the team has been a constant issue.
Ben Simmons was the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by Philadelphia. He averages 15.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over the course of his career.