Townsville Bulletin



PHILADELPH­IA 76ers star Joel Embiid on Thursday accused unsettled star Ben Simmons of “disrespect­ing” his teammates as he attempts pts to force a trade out t of the club.

In comments to reporters, Embiid hit back at suggestion­s coming from Simmons’s camp this week that he wanted to leave because he felt the team was being built to suit Embiid’s skills.

“The situation is disappoint­ing, borderline kind of disrespect­ful to all the guys that are out here fighting for their lives,” Embiid said, bristling at suggestion­s the team was being built around him.

“It was kind of surprising to see,” he said. “We got rid of Jimmy Jimm (Butler) just to make ma sure he needed the t ball in his hands, and a that’s the decision d they made. Like L I said it’s surprising.” su Australian star Simmons has told the Sixers Six he wants to leave the club and has refused to report for pre-season training. Simmons’s future has been the subject of speculatio­n since the 76ers lost Game 7 to Atlanta in last season’s playoffs, with Simmons’s offensive output shrivellin­g in the final quarter.

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