Thursday, October 28, 2021

Latest: Simmons out of 76ers, Celtics coach in COVID

Latest from NBA Media Day on Monday (all time EDT)

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11:15 am

As expected, Ben Simmons will not report to the Philadelphia 76ers when training camp opens on Tuesday.

Team chairman Daryl Morey said there was still hope that Simmons would return to the Sixers at some point. Coach Doc Rivers said that no one has defended Simmons more than him and that he will enter camp “with the hope that we have Ben at some point.”

1 pick of the 2016 draft and a three-time All-Star, requested a trade in the off-season. He bore the brunt of the blame for the top-seeded Sixers’ second round exit in last season’s playoffs. He shot 34% from the free-throw line after the season and was reluctant to attempt shots from anywhere on the floor late in the games. As a result, he had to spend crucial minutes on the bench.

Simmons has $147 million with four years left on his contract. Simmons could be suspended or fined every day he misses camp.

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11:10 am

New Celtics coach Ime Udoka has a successful case of COVID-19 and attended the team’s media day on Monday via Zoom.

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Celtics spokesman Christian Magliola said the coach, who has been vaccinated, was asymptomatic and was in the last day of his 10-day quarantine. Magliola said Udoka is expected to be in person with the team when training camp begins on Tuesday.

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11 am

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle says his new team has a “very high” vaccination rate, but declined to give a specific number due to privacy concerns.

He said on Monday that all the members of the coaching staff have been fully vaccinated.

Training camps open on Tuesday and the pandemic will hit the NBA’s third season and that already means some players will be missing out on media day.

The Pacers have already lost backup guard Edmund Sumner, who had surgery last week to repair a torn Achilles tendon and will likely start the season without moving ahead of TJ Warren, who has suffered a stress fracture in his left leg. continue to recover what cost them the most. Season.

“Hopefully, it will be weeks, not months,” Carlisle said. “There won’t be days.”

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