Doc Rivers hopes he will convince Ben Simmons to stay with 76ers



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Doc Rivers hopes he will convince Ben Simmons to stay with 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers hopes All Star guard Ben Simmons will change his mind and return to the Sixers. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons has told the Sixers he won't report to training camp and he never again wants to plax for the team.

"Well, I hope we can change that thought," Rivers said on ESPN's Keyshawn, JWill, and Max on Wednesday morning. "That's part of our job." The disconnect between Simmons and the Sixers seemed to start in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Atlanta Hqwks.

Back then, Simmons passed up a wide-open dunk for a pass -- putting a bow on a confounding lack of shots in the latter part of the series. "The greatest thing in sports is, you know it's fair, you fail at times and then you get back on the horse and try," Rivers said.

"You would be amazed if I told you how many times through a summer when you don't win, which is 29 teams, how often you have to go through something similar to this. Because losing's hard. People internalize it, and you have to deal with it.

So we're going to deal with this." Rivers insisted he wasn't taking a shot at Simmons After the Hawks loss, Rivers said he wasn't sure if the Sixers could win a championship with Simmons. "That's not what I said, actually," Rivers interjected Wednesday when asked about the comment.

"This is when narratives ... and this is what makes our jobs hard. I actually said when the guy asked, guys, I'm not answering that stuff right now. I don't even know how to answer that. So what I was talking about was not answering the question.

It had nothing to do with Ben." On Wednesday, Rivers was asked if Simmons can play for him and win a championship. "Yeah, all day. All day. He just does so many things, man," Rivers said, going on to explain how scoring isn't everything.

"The Ben Wallaces of the world. It was great to see him go into the Hall of Fame. And the Dennis Rodmans of the world ... help teams win titles and have Hall of Fame careers without being great scorers. I do think Ben can score way more than he has scored, but that's not what makes him great. What makes him great is all the other things he does."