Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach Doc Rivers addressed the situation around Ben Simmons, calling his potential return to the squad a “team decision”.
Prior to the Sixers’ matchup with the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night, Rivers mentioned he wasn’t sure of a timeline for Simmons’ return.
(via Sports Illustrated):
“I have no idea, honestly,” Rivers admitted. “I stay out of it. I really do. My job is to coach the guys that are here and then believe that the guys who are on the team will play someday,” Rivers said.
“I don’t think so,” Rivers said when asked if Simmons’ return is ultimately his decision or not. “I think it’s going to be a team decision, but again, I don’t know. I honestly don’t know.”
Simmons is out indefinitely, as he revealed to his teammates and coaches that he’s not mentally ready to return to play. It’s unclear if the three-time All-Star will play again for Philadelphia; however, recent reports suggest he could (play) at some point during the season.
While the relationship might not be fully repaired, the popular opinion around the league has gone from assuming Simmons would never play for Philly again to predicting when he’ll make his return and debut for the 2021-2022 NBA season.