Tobias Harris: We’ll respect Ben Simmons’ privacy and space

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Tobias Harris: And we’ll respect his privacy and space during this time. When he’s ready, we will embrace our brother with love and handle our business on the court. That’s it, that’s all.
Source: Twitter @tobias31

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
76ers: Ben Simmons says he’s not mentally ready to play sportando.basketball/en/76ers-ben-s…12:43 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
“The locker room is a sacred place … I think we left the meeting understanding what he had to say, and we came out and got ready for Brooklyn.”
More on the latest development in the ever-evolving Ben Simmons situation here:
inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…12:42 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
We are heading for a necessary and uncomfortable conversation about the juxtaposition between the NBA’s embrace of mental health and the Sixers’ monetary penalties against Ben Simmons. – 12:35 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
After meeting with Ben Simmons today, the team feels as if they understand what he is saying and they support him #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/10/22/six… via @SixersWire #NBA12:28 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
This Ben Simmons thing is a fascinating collision of 3 things that didn’t exist 15 years ago and are beginning to define the NBA
– The influence of Klutch (Simmons agency)
– Analytics (Morey’s analytically-driven GM approach)
– Shams/Woj (the nature of back-scratch reporting) – 12:25 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons’ plans to meet with medical professionals for an assessment: bit.ly/3Gb7yt212:12 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
New @AthleticNBAShow Daily Ding w/ @Rich Hoffman
🔥 Steph’s perfect first quarter
🤝 Ben Simmons saga continues
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🌳 https://t.co/bJvPO0iIXx pic.twitter.com/vMpICh01L212:04 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @ForbesSports
Ben Simmons Informs The Philadelphia 76ers He’s Not Mentally Prepared To Play: Reports via @forbes forbes.com/sites/adamzago…11:56 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Ben Simmons worked with the Sixers medical team this morning while his teammates participated in shootaround. – 11:54 AM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Georges Niang: Ben Simmons addressed the team today. Team left the meeting understanding what he had to say. Locker room is “a sacred place,” won’t get into specifics. – 11:52 AM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Georges Niang won’t go into any specifics of the meeting with Ben Simmons, as he shouldn’t, but he said the team felt good after the meeting ended #Sixers11:51 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Ben Simmons tells 76ers he still isn’t mentally ready to play nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/22/rep…11:35 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Report: Ben Simmons tells #Sixers teammates at morning shootaround that he’s “not mentally ready to play to his expectations now” https://t.co/tZHfMaCdr4 #76ers #NBA pic.twitter.com/AwCwW6WUdo11:18 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Multiple sources confirmed that Ben Simmons addressed Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid and the entire 76ers team this morning, saying he’s not mentally ready to play and needs time. – 11:11 AM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
For ⁦@YahooSports⁩: Daryl Morey won’t pull a move for Ben Simmons on anything less than a layup. Sound familiar? This mess won’t end unless he does something he rarely does sports.yahoo.com/the-ben-simmon…11:10 AM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
*breathes in*
YALL KNEW BEN SIMMONS COULDN’T SHOOT, AND HAD NO INTENTION TO, WHEN YOU PAID HIM 5/$170 TWO YEARS AGO. pic.twitter.com/Kohbv06XyS11:06 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Friday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast, with guest @Seerat Sohi! We discussed the Lakers’ roster fit, their defensive issues vs. offensive upside, Westbrook, Ben Simmons and “Succession.” #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/why…10:37 AM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Money aside – Ben Simmons for Zach LaVine? I say big hell no. – 10:01 AM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Some non-Ben Simmons Sixers news. pic.twitter.com/orqrSKTakO9:05 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#ICYMI Daryl Morey and the #Sixers believe the Ben Simmons saga ‘could take four years’ to resolve inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 8:01 AM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Most important question of all: Will the value of Ben Simmons increase over time? – 6:43 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: The embattled Ben Simmons is listed as doubtful for the #Sixers’ home opener tonight vs. the #Nets, while Joel Embiid (knee) is questionable: https://t.co/tZHfMaCdr4 pic.twitter.com/MQX0vksw8C6:40 AM

Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA
In the Warriors current situation (needing to maximize Steph while he’s still unstoppable), I see trading for Ben Simmons kinda like trading for PG was for the Clippers. Clippers “overpaid” because the situation called for it. Think Warriors in similar situation. – 2:17 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
ICYMI: Hear @TermineRadio on NBA Today
👏 #Knicks v #Celtics double overtime thriller!
❗️ Daryl Morey comments on Ben Simmons’ future
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📻siriusxm.us/NBAToday10:15 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: How the #Sixers and #Nets are dealing with the Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving dilemmas as they prepare to meet Friday night in the #76ers’ home opener. Irving is out indefinitely and Simmons appears unlikely to play vs. Brooklyn: bit.ly/3AWppjL pic.twitter.com/Xb6mBtTHkr10:00 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: In addition to Ben Simmons being doubtful for the #Sixers‘ home opener, franchise big man Joel Embiid is questionable with a sore knee: bit.ly/2Z9vZ9L pic.twitter.com/aFGqJTNwN09:30 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Daryl Morey admitted today that Philly would only get role players back in a Ben Simmons trade. That is why it is in their best interest, and Simmons’, to have him back with the team and move forward. #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/10/21/dar… via @SixersWire #NBA7:11 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers injury report vs. #Nets: Joel Embiid (right knee soreness) is questionable; Ben Simmons (return to competition reconditioning) is doubtful; Shake Milton (sprained right ankle) and Grant Riller (left knee injury recovery) are out.
Nets: Kyrie Irving (not with team) out. – 6:46 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Daryl Morey and the #Sixers believe the Ben Simmons saga ‘could take four years’ to resolve inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 6:34 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on the ongoing standoff between Ben Simmons and the 76ers: bit.ly/3E2g7Ex6:19 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers injury report for tomorrow, because they are playing basketball games on soap opera off days:
— Joel Embiid is questionable with right knee soreness, that happened early in last night’s game
— Ben Simmons is doubtful with, you know
— Shake Milton is still out – 6:17 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #NBA column: With Kyrie Irving out indefinitely and the ongoing Ben Simmons saga, the #Nets and #Sixers still have high hopes going into Friday night’s game in South Philly: bit.ly/3AWppjL pic.twitter.com/Wr9YsM8bCP6:15 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA story: Ben Simmons listed as doubtful for Sixers’ home opener Friday night: bit.ly/2Z9vZ9L #76ers pic.twitter.com/4goOPNV3wy5:49 PM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
76ers GM Daryl Morey content on playing waiting game for right Ben Simmons trade: ‘People should buckle in’
cbssports.com/nba/news/76ers… pic.twitter.com/2d0kbSflFi5:48 PM

Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Joel Embiid is questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. #Nets due to right knee soreness
Shake Milton is out while Ben Simmons is doubtful #Sixers5:44 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
What the Ben Simmons situation feels like: pic.twitter.com/ILU4EmcCyH5:43 PM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Ben Simmons reportedly skips workout with Sixers, “not mentally ready” to play
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…5:35 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Sixers have listed Joel Embiid as questionable with right knee soreness for tomorrow’s game against the Nets, Ben Simmons as doubtful with “return to competition reconditioning” and Shake Milton and Grant Riller as out. Kyrie Irving is the only Net on the injury report. – 5:34 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers list Ben Simmons as doubtful for Friday night’s home opener vs. the #Nets5:34 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Daryl Morey threw down the gauntlet on Thursday, telling Ben Simmons, trade suitors, and the public that the Sixers are willing to take this four years to preserve what they think is their best chance to win a title phillyvoice.com/sixers-daryl-m…5:33 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
#NBATwitter still hearing about the Ben Simmons trade request in 2024 pic.twitter.com/UTzDV2dgqx5:19 PM

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Daryl Morey to @MikeMiss25: “I will say Doc Rivers defended Ben Simmons more than any human on earth, maybe ever….Noone has been more in Ben Simmons corner than Doc Rivers & Ben Simmons knows that.” pic.twitter.com/Dc10XMQvPH5:12 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Ben Simmons out indefinitely (back/mental readiness) nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/21/rep…5:00 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The entire Ben Simmons situation is now: pic.twitter.com/MBNGniC9MY4:57 PM

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Daryl Morey to @MikeMiss25 on how long he is willing to hold out to get back a ‘difference maker’ in a Ben Simmons trade:
“You’re going to think I’m kidding and I’m not, this could be 4 years.” pic.twitter.com/NyXiRqIinb4:54 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Daryl Morey, in a Philadelphia radio interview, confirming what’s been widely believed: He will not be pressured into trading Ben Simmons. “People should buckle in,” Morey said. “This is going to go a long time.” – 4:52 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Pretty confident that Ben Simmons will net the Sixers a much better return than Twitter expects he will because Daryl Morey is the guy manning the ship. – 4:49 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers president Daryl Morey said “This could take four years” on how long the Ben Simmons Saga could last. – 4:47 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Morey: “You’re going to think I’m kidding, I’m not, this could take four years…we’re in the prime of Joel’s career…this is not a day to day [issue}]. Every day, we are going to expect Ben Simmons to be back here, or we trade him for a difference maker.” – 4:44 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Daryl Morey waiting for a superstar to request a trade so he can get rid of Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/VWZdm98Mpr4:43 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Daryl Morey on @MikeMiss25: “People should buckle in.” Says the team can only get role players in a trade now, will only trade him for a difference maker.
“What’s our best chance to win a championship? Right now it’s re-integrating Ben Simmons to our time.” – 4:38 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Morey doubling down on not trading Simmons for role players: “People should buckle in, this is going to go a long time…if we can trade Ben Simmons for a difference maker, we will do it” – 4:36 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
All-Star guard Ben Simmons is expected to come early to the 76ers shootaround on Friday morning to discuss his playing status with organizational leadership, sources tell ESPN. Sixers play the Nets on ESPN and team is still hopeful that Simmons will participate in shootaround. – 4:22 PM

Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
I’m actually surprised it took this long for Ben Simmons to have a back problem pic.twitter.com/A36duUZQOh4:11 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
the sixers and ben simmons handling this entire situation pic.twitter.com/UJjIohTOVn3:47 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: How the #Sixers and #Nets are dealing with the Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving messes as they prepare to meet Friday night on ESPN in the #76ers’ home opener. Irving is out indefinitely and Simmons appears headed in that direction: bit.ly/3AWppjL pic.twitter.com/1PlfzUXPPL3:40 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Ben Simmons had not received treatment for or acknowledged any sort of back pain prior to Thursday, and multiple sources contacted by @thephillyvoice earlier in the week expected a health claim to emerge following his suspension on Tuesday phillyvoice.com/sixers-ben-sim…3:32 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Ben Simmons is really going to go out like this…? pic.twitter.com/k1wBM6eLW43:22 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Ben Simmons describing his back pain to Sixers doctors: youtu.be/BlUM887Cuus3:22 PM

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Back today on @thehalftimeapp from 4-5 ET, where we’ll be joined by the great @Chris Herring to talk Knicks, his new book, and another spin of the Ben Simmons wheel: apps.apple.com/us/app/halftim…3:18 PM

Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
the ben simmons situation is the stupidest, most distracting, unproductive, unchanging, petty, low stakes drama to happen when there’s actual basketball being played.
please give me more of it because i can’t get enough. – 3:09 PM

Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
I love every detail of this Ben Simmons situation. – 3:08 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons is currently not mentally ready to play for the team and was receiving treatment on his back today due to ramp up process. He will miss Friday’s home opener vs. Nets and is not expected to play for an undetermined period of time. – 3:05 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Ben Simmons described back tightness to several Sixers staff members and was briefly treated for it today, sources tell ESPN. – 2:56 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Several former 76ers players spoke to @etanthomas36 about the Ben Simmons situation and playing in Philly.
Theo Ratliff: “If he thought it took a lot of work for his jumpshot, wait until he sees how much work it’s going to take to win [back] Philly fans.” basketballnews.com/stories/former…2:53 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
On Sixers possibly without Ben Simmons, Steve Nash: “You recognize the talent that Ben Simmons brings, offensively with his size, speed, playmaking defensively, obviously a very elite defender. Having said that, they anchor around Joel, have shooting around him, very effective” – 2:31 PM

Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Ben Simmons today, apparently pic.twitter.com/5yqs4X0BG12:25 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: All-Star Ben Simmons arrived and departed the 76ers practice facility today without taking part in a scheduled individual workout. His status for Friday night’s game vs. Brooklyn (ESPN, 7:30 PM) is unclear. As a team, the Sixers had no practice today. – 2:17 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Patty Mills says he hasn’t spoken to fellow Aussie Ben Simmons recently. “[We’re] close in certain things and obviously his journey has gone the path that it has watching from afar. With national team stuff we’ve come quite close. As a fellow countrymen, you always wish the best” – 2:08 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Jason Kelce taking Ben Simmons to school. #TheRealTreasure pic.twitter.com/DxLJYhuuEa1:52 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Ben Simmons told 76ers he’s not mentally ready to play nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/21/rep…1:05 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Four @Philadelphia 76ers scored at least 20 points last night:
✅ Joel Embiid (22)
✅ Furkan Korkmaz (22)
✅ Tobias Harris (20)
✅ Tyrese Maxey (20)
It’s the first time the franchise has had four such players in a season opener, and it’s just the 14th time in NBA history it’s occurred. pic.twitter.com/gTpvgd9Kqt9:51 AM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Tyrese Maxey (@Tyrese Maxey) says Tobias Harris (@Tobias Harris) has had a profound impact on his career thus far:
“Honestly, Tobias has been great from day one. His influence, his voice… he’s the leader. He leads by example. He leads by voice. I really do appreciate Tobias.” – 11:06 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Tobias Harris (@Tobias Harris) says Andre Drummond deserves credit for a heavy impact on the @Philadelphia 76ers’ first win:
“I’ve said it since the signing… Andre Drummond as a backup five is a steal for us as a team.” – 10:57 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tobias Harris said Furkan Korkmaz was “lights out” in the 4th quarter #Sixers10:53 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Final: 117-97 Sixers win. Embiid had 22/6/5 in 26 minutes. Tobias Harris (20 points, 8-16), Tyrese Maxey (20 points, 8-14) and Furkan Korkmaz (22 points, 7-11) also joined Embiid with 20+. Sixers shot 13-25 from 3-point range in the win. – 10:21 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Into the @Philadelphia 76ers‘ timeout after the Korkmaz run:
-Korkmaz, acting very cool, shakes his head “no”.
-Joel Embiid smiles one of his biggest smiles yet, and runs to embrace Furk.
-Tobias Harris dusts off Furk’s shoes.
-Danny Green follows, flapping a towel (to cool Furk off).
Fin. – 10:06 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Big shot by Tobias Harris there. He gets the friendly roll and Philly will go into the half tied at 53 with the Pelicans on the road. #Sixers9:08 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Pelicans bench up and excited about Naji’s defense on Tobias Harris right there. – 8:57 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Brandon Ingram just came from across the lane to block Tobias Harris’ shot off the glass, grabbed the rebound and went coast-to-coast to finish with a layup at the rim with Embiid on his hip.
Very nice sequence for No. 14. – 8:27 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Georges Niang and Furkan Korkmaz are the @Philadelphia 76ers‘ first subs tonight, replacing Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey. – 8:27 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Pelicans starters: Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Jonas Valanciunas, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Devonte’ Graham
#Sixers starters: Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey. – 7:28 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey
Seth Curry
Danny Green
Tobias Harris
Joel Embiid
Your opening night starting lineup in the bayou #Sixers7:19 PM

Lauren Rosen @LaurenMRosen
Doc Rivers on Tyrese Maxey’s mentors, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris:
“[Joel and Tobias are] a pretty good influence. Both lead by example. I think they’re both doing that… Joel’s been phenomenal… Tobias – we jokingly call him the machine.” – 6:39 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Amid the Ben Simmons saga, Tobias Harris has taken the charge that the team expects from one of their top players #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/10/20/tob… via @SixersWire2:39 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Tobias Harris on playing without Simmons: “Everybody has an increased role. For any NBA player, if you told them their role is going to increase, they’re going to be very excited.” – 1:31 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tobias Harris talks about how he is leading the team amid the tough situation they find themselves in #Sixers pic.twitter.com/0xrVqOpN5K1:18 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
As of the 5:30 injury report, the Sixers have ruled out:
Ben Simmons (Suspension)
Grant Riller (Left knee injury recovery)
Shake Milton (Right ankle sprain)
Looks like Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle should be good to go for the opener. – 5:38 PM

More on this storyline

Keith Pompey: #Sixers PF Georges Niang when asked about the team meeting with Ben Simmons: -via Twitter @PompeyOnSixers / October 22, 2021

Adrian Wojnarowski: Ben Simmons met with Sixers’ medical professionals and coach Doc Rivers today and informed them that he’s not mentally ready to play to his expectations now, sources tell ESPN. He also talked to his teammates today. -via Twitter @wojespn / October 22, 2021

Shams Charania: Sources: Ben Simmons spoke to Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid and entire 76ers team today and accepted everyone needs to take responsibility, including himself — but Simmons informed them all that he’s not mentally ready to play yet and needs time. -via Twitter @ShamsCharania / October 22, 2021