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Philadelphia 76ers’ Doc Rivers wants to convince Ben Simmons to stay



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“The greatest thing in sports is, you know it’s fair, you fail at times and then you get back on the horse and try,” Rivers said. “You would be amazed if I told you how many times through a summer when you don’t win, which is 29 teams, how often you have to go through something similar to this. Because losing’s hard. People internalize it, and you have to deal with it. So we’re going to deal with this.”

After the series, Rivers was credited with saying that he wasn’t sure if the Sixers could win a title with Simmons at point guard.

What Rivers actually said after the Game 7 was: “I don’t know that question or the answer to that right now. You know, so I don’t know the answer to that.”

Rivers was asked Wednesday if Simmons can play for him and win a championship. There’s another thing Rivers pointed out: Simmons held Atlanta star guard Trae Young to 5-of-23 shooting.

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