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NBA Doesn’t Plan to Replace Sixers’ Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons for All-Star Game

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As Philadelphia 76ers stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday for Sunday’s 2021 NBA All-Star game, they found out that their private barber back in Philly returned an inconclusive COVID-19 test.

As Sixers head coach Doc Rivers addressed the media himself following the initial reports, he made it known that there was a slim chance Embiid and Simmons would play in Sunday night’s All-Star game due to contact tracing. In a statement, the league announced the following:

“Prior to traveling to Atlanta, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had contact with an individual who is confirmed today to have tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, Embiid and Simmons will not play in tonight’s All-Star game.”

Had the two been ruled out for contact tracing earlier, the league might’ve looked for last-minute replacements.

However, considering Simmons and Embiid are now ruled out on the day of the game, the NBA does not have enough time to get players tested and ready to participate on Sunday night.

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