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Philadelphia 76ers suspend Ben Simmons for their season opener after spat in practice

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CAMDEN, N.J. – In the wake of the Philadelphia 76ers suspending Ben Simmons for their season-opening game in New Orleans on Wednesday night, superstar center Joel Embiid said he has yet to speak to Simmons, and declared – several times – that it isn’t his job to “Babysit” anyone.

“We’re really focused on just winning and playing as a team.”

The 76ers announced late in Tuesday’s practice that Simmons has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team, a suspension he’ll serve for the opening game Wednesday against the Pelicans. Simmons hasn’t earned any money since returning to the team on Oct. 11.

By being suspended for Wednesday’s game, Simmons will lose roughly another $227,000. Philadelphia has remained steadfast in its belief that it will only trade Simmons if it is a deal that allows the team to remain the championship contender it believes it is with Simmons.

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