After initially showing interesting in playing for Australia in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Simmons has decided not to, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. On Monday, Sixers coach Doc Rivers said that the team has a plan in place to help Simmons grow his game over the offseason.
“I think some of the stuff is obvious,” Rivers said of Simmons’ improvement. “We’re not hiding that Ben has to become a better free throw shooter, and a more confident free throw shooter. If that happens, I really believe a lot of the other parts of his game will follow. I said that before the season started. The first thing I said was, ‘We got to get him to the line 10 times a night.’ … So, we’ve got to put in work so he can get there. But if we can get him there, man, his game goes to a different level.”
Despite Simmons’ struggles, Rivers made it clear that he is still sanguine about Simmons moving forward.