Ben Simmons meets with 76ers teammates, reports to shootaround
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons. Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons meets with Sixers teammates, reports to shootaround

NBA fans shouldn't expect to see Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons on the court for Friday's clash with the Brooklyn Nets, but it appears that some progress has been made between the controversial star and the organization.

Multiple reports on Friday morning said that Simmons checked in to the Sixers' team facility and met with head coach Doc Rivers, as well as his teammates and the organization's medical professionals.

On Tuesday, Simmons was thrown out of practice by Rivers ahead of the team's season-opener against the New Orleans Pelicans and later criticized by teammate Joel Embiid during a presser. On Thursday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons chose not to participate in a scheduled individual workout and said he needed treatment for "back tightness", while Shams Charania of The Athletic later tweeted that the guard "is currently not mentally ready to play".

Simmons still has four years and $147 million left on his contract with Philly, and team president of basketball operations Daryl Morey told 97.5 The Fanatic yesterday that the drama surrounding the former No. 1 overall pick could last "four years".

The 76ers play in their home-opener at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday against the Nets.

Victor Barbosa is a passionate follower of MLB, the NBA and NFL, with a specific interest in the Boston-area teams. As a 90s kid, he knows how spoiled he's been, particularly with the BoSox run of championships (he grew up with a dog named Nomar and a cat named Big Papi). Now he lives with his fiancee and two pups (Hershey and Mosby) outside of Albany, NY. Follow Victor on Twitter at @vbarbosa1127.

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