DOC THROWS SIMMONS OUT OF PRACTICE, SUSPENDED FOR OPENER!

By Jerry Wein

The Sixers have suspended Ben Simmons for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Simmons will serve the suspension Wednesday for the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that coach Doc Rivers threw Simmons out of practice today and the suspension came shortly thereafter.

The three-time All-Star guard was a holdout in training camp in the wake of his offseason trade demand. He reported last week and practiced Sunday and yesterday with the Sixers.

He had been scheduled to talk to the media today.

“I thought he was a distraction today. I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing,” Rivers told reporters after practice. “At the end of the day, as a coach, I had to protect the team. The team [comes] first, and then we get to the other part. So today, I thought it was more important to focus on the team.

“There’s no reality. This is sports.”

When asked if Simmons wants to be with the team, Rivers said:

“Today, not, obviously — we told him to go home. But hopefully, at some point, yeah.”

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