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Ben Simmons’ presence — or lack thereof — hangs over first day of camp



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As another report surfaced earlier in the day that Simmons thought his on-court relationship with Joel Embiid had “Run its course.”

After just about every member of the Sixers organization at media day Monday backed Simmons and expressed hope for a return, it seemed like the message Tuesday was to work with what they have. Even after practice Tuesday, the players seemed ready to discuss what they’re doing to prepare for the season, even if Simmons chooses not to be a part of it. While Rivers acknowledged that it will take Maxey a little time to adjust to becoming more of a point guard instead of the natural score-first guard that he is, he seemed encouraged by his progress.

“I think when you’re at the point guard spot, playing at the one, it’s important to be patient, be poised,” Tobias Harris said, “But Tyrese’s greatest skill is his speed out there on the floor and being able to finish at the rim. For us being able to get him into positions to get downhill and create plays.

“He’s a young player, but he’s continuing to evolve into his game, so I think throughout this training camp we’re going to see more and more of him doing more things out there that he feels comfortable with in the half-court offense with different guys.

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