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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid calls Ben Simmons situation ‘borderline disrespectful’ to team

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Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid called the situation with his disgruntled co-star Ben Simmons “Disappointing” and “Borderline kind of disrespectful” to the rest of the team.

The comments came Thursday following a report by The Athletic that Simmons feels his partnership with Embiid has “Run its course.” Simmons has yet to report to training camp and intends to hold out until he is traded.

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Embiid also pushed back on Simmons’ reported belief that the Sixers chose to build around their All-NBA big man in a way that does not fit Simmons’ playing style, arguing that the team has always tried to accommodate him. “… Our teams have always been built around his needs.”

Embiid referenced the Sixers’ offseason in 2019, when they inked Al Horford to a big deal while letting Jimmy Butler go to the Miami Heat, as another example of how Philadelphia made moves with Simmons in mind.

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