Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers made an interesting comparison on Friday when discussing the organization’s attempts to convince disgruntled All-Star forward Ben Simmons to report to training camp. Some may find the comment subjectively funny, but it seems unlikely that it will help Philadelphia’s cause of trying to convince Simmons to return to the team given the fact that Simmons has publicly denounced Trump on several occasions. “So, listen, we’re going to go through it. We’re going to always do what’s best for the team. But I can tell you, up front, we would love to get Ben back and if we can we’re going to try to do that. Ben has a long contract so it’s in our hands and we want him back…. We just got to keep communicating and see where we can take this. Right now Ben is still part of this team, and I’m going to focus on that part of it.”
When it comes to the Simmons situation, Oct. 1 will be a date to keep an eye on.
Ultimately, the whole situation could come down to how much money Simmons is willing to forfeit by staying away from the team.