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Jason Kelce on Ben Simmons saga: ‘Just play better,’ then Philadelphia will ‘love you’

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PHILADELPHIA – Eagles center Jason Kelce has some advice for 76ers guard Ben Simmons: “Just play better, man.”

Speaking on the relationship between Philadelphia fans and its professional athletes Thursday, Kelce turned the conversation toward Simmons, saying his issues boil down to a lack of accountability.

“I tell guys, you write your own narrative. I don’t want to crush any other players, but what’s going on with the 76ers, Ben Simmons, stuff like that, all of that is because of a lack of accountability, a lack of owning up to mistakes and a lack of correcting things,” Kelce said.

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Coach Doc Rivers threw Simmons out of practice Tuesday after he declined several times to sub in for a drill, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

A short time later, Simmons asked for a trade, and he then held out the first two weeks of training camp in an attempt to force the 76ers to make a deal.

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