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Ben being bit like Bern

Anstey says Simmons must ‘suck it up’


COMPARISON­S of reluctant NBA guard Ben Simmons to Aussie tennis super brat Bernard Tomic are justified, according to Boomers legend Chris Anstey.

Dual Olympian and former NBA star Anstey said Simmons would live to regret his actions after he was thrown out of Philadelph­ia training and suspended amid his ugly trade standoff.

Simmons was sent home from a session on Wednesday and will miss the Philadel“It phia’s season-opener against New Orleans on Thursday because of “conduct detrimenta­l to the team”, the Sixers said in a statement.

Philadelph­ia coach Doc Rivers tossed the Melbourneb­orn guard out when he refused to participat­e in a defensive drill.

ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowsk­i said via Twitter: “Simmons’ reluctance to physically and mentally engage with the Sixers since his return has been a consistent theme.”

Wojnarowsk­i reported Simmons had racked up more than $1.87m in fines since pre-season began because of his refusal to play games, join meetings or take part in practices.

Anstey is a big fan of Simmons and wants him to succeed, but believes his current actions are a bad look.

“The comparison­s with (Nick) Kyrgios and Tomic that I’ve heard, I guess they are fair,” Anstey said.

“But Kyrgios and Tomic aren’t letting anyone else down other than themselves.

“Ben is part of a team and an important part of one and his actions hurt.

“There are so many things that you have to do in life where you have to suck it up and say, ‘I’ll be my best at a time when I don’t want to be’.

“It is in Ben’s best interests to be at his best right now to increase his trade value.

“The 76ers aren’t going to pay him until he performs up to the standard that is expected.”

Rivers said he was left with no choice but to send Simmons home when he refused to partake in a defensive drill.

“I thought he was a distractio­n today,” Rivers said.

“I didn’t think he wanted to do what everyone else was doing.

was early and it wasn’t a big deal. I just told him he should leave then, and we went on with practice.

“My job as a coach is to keep trying to get guys to buy in … that’s my job. I’m not going to stop my job.

“We told him to go home. Hopefully at some point (he’ll show a better attitude).”

Teammate Joel Embiid didn’t hold back when asked about Simmons’ refusal to train fully.

“At the end of the day, our job is not to babysit somebody,” Embiid said.

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