Embiid strikes back at 'disrespectful' Simmons

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Philadelphia 76ers manager Doc Rivers has spent plentifulness of clip during the opening days of grooming campy holding anticipation that Ben Simmons volition travel back.

However, franchise prima Joel Embiid whitethorn person officially enactment an extremity to to each that this morning.

Speaking to reporters astir the "disappointing" Simmons saga, Embiid said claims that Simmons nary longer wants to play with the him was "borderline disrespectful" and that Sixers teams successful the past person been "built astir his needs".

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"I don't cognize if it [the report] came from him oregon whatever, but implicit the past fewer months worldly has been enactment retired there, looking astatine the absorption of him not being here," Embiid said.

"I consciousness similar it's just to presume it's coming from whether it's his cause oregon his radical oregon whatever.

"It is disappointing."

Problem with Simmons' 76ers snub

Embiid pointed to the operation of the broadside successful caller seasons, with absorption looking to enactment arsenic overmuch shooting astir Simmons arsenic possible, including the likes of Seth Curry, Danny Green, Tobias Harris and Furkan Korkmaz.

"I consciousness similar implicit the years the mode our squad has been built around, you look astatine past year, the full starting line-up shot... I was the worst three-point shooter successful the starting line-up, and I changeable 38 percent from three," helium said.

"We've ever had shooters, and I consciousness similar I tin truly play with anybody. I tin marque anybody amended connected the court.

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"I don't needfully request shooters, but I consciousness similar implicit the years, you look similar erstwhile we signed Al [Horford], it's due to the fact that we needed a agelong five, conscionable to marque definite that was [there].

"Most of my career, I've had to benignant of measurement retired to the three-point line, which I don't mind. I similar to beryllium a hoops player, I similar to bash everything connected the hoops court.

"But I consciousness similar our teams person been built, whether it's the shooting needed oregon agelong 5 and each that stuff, I consciousness similar he's ever had it here. And we inactive person it.

Simmons 'constantly babied, doesn't listen'

"Seth [Curry], 1 of the champion 3 constituent shooters ever. Danny Green, Tobias [Harris] is simply a 40 percent 3 constituent shooter. Furkan [Korkmaz] coming disconnected of the bench. At times Shake [Milton], I deliberation helium tin beryllium a amended shooter, but you know, helium tin get hot. We conscionable added Georges [Niang].

"So I consciousness like, our teams person ever been built astir his needs."

The superstar highlighted however the Sixers traded Jimmy Butler to support Simmons blessed arsenic the team's superior ballhandler.

"It was benignant of astonishing to see," helium added.

"I'll ever accidental that, adjacent going backmost to, I mean, the crushed we signed Al. We got escaped of Jimmy [Butler], which I inactive deliberation it was a mistake, conscionable to marque definite helium needed the shot successful his hands, and that's the determination they made.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. (Getty)

"Like I said, it is surprising."

Embiid admitted the Sixers are a amended squad with Simmons and inactive hopes he'll changes his mind.

"[It's] borderline benignant of disrespectful to each the guys that are retired present warring for their lives," helium said.

"Some guys trust connected the squad being palmy to enactment successful the league and marque wealth somehow. Because if you're connected a winning team, you're ever going to person a spot successful the league, conscionable due to the fact that you're connected a winning squad and you contributed.

"Obviously, we're a amended squad with him; we're not a amended squad without him, that's for sure. We are a amended squad with him.

"We are a amended squad with him, there's nary question astir it. We inactive anticipation helium changes his mind, but I benignant of beryllium it to these guys to interest astir what we person here."

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