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Tobias Harris supports Ben Simmons after mental health deterioration comes under the spotlight

Philadelphia 76ers forward Matisse Thybulle, left, and forward Tobias Harris high five during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

Tobias Harris assured fans that the Sixers’ locker room will give Ben Simmons the space and privacy he needs to regain his mental health.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania later reported Simmons isn’t “mentally ready” to play, and Charania reiterated that claim Friday. Philadelphia forward Tobias Harris responded to Charania’s tweet.

The Sixers welcomed Simmons back last week, after the three-time All-Star demanded a trade and did not join the team’s training camp.

Daryl Morey claimed he will trade the Australian superstar for the right compensation. That, however, was after the club suspended Simmons for Wednesday’s regular-season opener after the 25-year-old didn’t take part in a drill during practice.

Afterwards, the 76ers ruled Simmons out indefinitely, as the three-time All-Star did not participate in a scheduled individual workout Thursday.

Philadelphia defeated New Orleans 117-97 Wednesday and will host the Brooklyn Nets for its home opener on Friday night.

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