Joel Embiid: ‘I’m Not Here to Babysit’

Joe Embiid of the 76ers works on his defense at the team's practice facility.

PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons was kicked out of Tuesday’s practice and the Sixers have suspended him for one game for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Simmons’ teammates will be without him for their season opener in New Orleans.

Joel Embiid said he has not spoken with Simmons since the three-time All-Star returned to Philadelphia.

“I have nothing to say. Like I always say focus on the guys that are here…I like the guys that we have who like to work hard, who do work hard,” Embiid told reporters.

Simmons’ next opportunity to play will be Friday night at home against the Nets.

“I get paid to deliver,” Embiid continued. “the guys here are willing to help me…like I said, I’m not here to babysit.”

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