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Sixers, disappointed by loss to Hawks, look ahead to offseason of work

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“Without going into detail with what we’re doing, I believe we know what the right work is, and the right type of work, and the right way to do it,” Rivers explained when asked if this offseason will be different for Simmons’ development and shooting. “But if it’s not done in the right way and the right type of work, you may not improve. After being here for a year, I really do believe we’ve identified what and how, and now we have to do the do part. We have to work to do it. It’s not going to be an easy job. But it’s definitely a job that Ben can do.”

While Rivers wouldn’t dive into specifics of what work he and the team have envisioned for Simmons, the coach did say that he believes there are things Simmons can fix quickly to take him to another level, and highlighted the issue of free throw shooting.

Now, as someone who’s been known as the hardest worker on the team for some time, Maxey is ready to get straight back to work in his first NBA offseason. “Look at some defensive situations, how to take away tendencies from guys. Just looking at playmaking, creating plays for others, creating plays for myself, just working on everything. Shooting, passing, the whole nine.”

Maxey is hoping to get back in the gym on Friday to start his offseason training.

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