Get ready to see a familiar face as the Philadelphia 76ers open the season. The Sixers will head to the Barclays Center in October to take on Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m.
Sixers announced their full pre-season blocking vehicle on Friday, including home (October 5) and away (October 10) versus Cleveland Cavaliers. The team will fly down to Charlotte to play the Hornets on October 12. All four games can be heard on channel 97.5 The Fanatic, with two home games airing on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Single-game tickets will go on sale (via Ticketmaster) at a later date.
The 2022-23 season is expected to begin on October 18, although the schedule has yet to be announced. The Sixers are planning to switch things up for this year’s training camp by heading down to Charleston, South Carolina.
Marc J. Spears of ESPN first reported on Doc Rivers’ plans. He said the team hopes to avoid distractions and learn about local history. Camp is traditionally held at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, New Jersey the last week of September.
“And, along with basketball, Doc wanted them to study American history, learn some American history,” Spears reported. “They’ll probably go to a slave museum and learn about Gullah culture in South Carolina.”
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Simmons Could Be ‘Unstoppable,’ According to Seth Curry
Will Simmons step onto the pitch in last season’s opening game? That’s anyone’s guess. Star players tend to sit out of pointless exhibition games, but Simmons might want to give it a try. Keep in mind he hasn’t played a game since June 20, 2021 when he passed an open pitch in game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. And the Sixers were eliminated.
Simmons may want to practice more, especially since the competition will be on his floor in Brooklyn rather than on the street in Philadelphia. Then again, videos have surfaced in recent weeks showing “Abrasive season.” Did he work on an overalls? That remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, the current teammate of the Nets Seth curry – and former Sixers teammate – told an Australian newspaper he thinks Simmons can be “unstoppable” this season. And Curry doesn’t think the three-time All-Star champion needs a diver.
Curry told the Herald Sun in Melbourne, via Nets Daily, “He’s an All Star right now for a reason”. “If he could add a knock-down free throw at a higher clip, that would allow him to be unstoppable when he ducks his head down. I don’t think he needs a jump.
“He just has to do what he does best – defend, bounce, push, play for others and attack the perimeter. When you’re his size and talent, who takes not one but two and sometimes three to stop him from getting to the belt, that’s a lot in itself. “
Exciting. Simmons is trying to bounce back from a nagging back injury as well as mental health issues.
The rivers were not to blame when Simmons left Philly
There is a feeling (plus some reports) that Simmons was forced to leave Philly because he was mad at Rivers. He doesn’t appreciate his comment after game 7 of the Sixers-Hawks series when asked if he thought Simmons could be a point guard for a championship team. Some thought it was a silly reaction.
Well, Rivers doesn’t see it that way and he told the “VC Show with Vince Carter” that his comment had nothing to do with Simmons wanting to leave. It started before Rivers got to Philly.
“That one comment has nothing to do with why Ben wanted to leave,” Rivers told ESPN. “Okay? Let me just say it. A lot of things like Ben told me – and publicly now – happened long before I got there.”
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