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Austin Rivers calls out Ben Simmons’ 76ers practice tale

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Ben Simmons is telling his aspect of the Oct. 19, 2021 76ers follow, which noticed him get kicked out by coach Doc Rivers.

The incident — which noticed the Aussie star get a one-game suspension — got here after an offseason of tumult between the participant and group. The saga continued by way of the NBA commerce deadline, when Simmons was dealt to the Nets.

“I used to be making an attempt to do the precise factor and I simply was not in that place to play,” Simmons stated on “The Outdated Man and the Three” podcast. “I simply couldn’t do it… I really spoke to Doc earlier than follow. I used to be like, ‘Doc, I’m not prepared mentally. I’m not prepared. Please simply perceive that.’ And he’s like, ‘Properly, I’m gonna put you in any means.’”

Simmons stated that “only one minute into follow,” Doc informed him to get in, to get on the courtroom and follow. 

“I’m getting fined for not lifting weights however bodily I’m one of many strongest guys on the group,” he stated. “Clearly, I didn’t deal with issues the precise means but in addition the group didn’t both.”

Underneath a clip posted on the podcast’s Instagram account, listeners chimed in.

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Ben Simmons rejoined the 76ers for follow in Oct. 2021, solely to be shortly kicked out.
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Denver Nuggets guard Austin Rivers brings the ball up
Austin Rivers, son of 76ers coach Doc, didn’t appear to assist Simmons’ description of occasions.
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“It’s fascinating…we (as a society) say that we assist psychological well being, however when somebody expresses and feedback on a scenario by which their psychological well being was compromised, folks make enjoyable of him,” one commenter wrote. “I’m glad he spoke up about it, took accountability for his half, and in the end did what’s finest for him.”

That triggered Austin Rivers, son of the Sixers coach and a Denver Nuggets guard, to leap into the fray.

“Bro you really consider this dude?” he replied. “If y’all solely knew…”

The youthful Rivers, a former Knick, was not on the Sixers and has by no means been a teammate of Simmons’.

Simmons stated it was a buildup of how each he and the group didn’t deal with issues the precise means. Finally, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets as part of the commerce that landed Philadelphia James Harden and hasn’t but checked into motion as a member of the Nets.

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Angels and Shohei Ohtani agree on contract for next season

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The Angels and two-way star Shohei Ohtani have agreed to a one-year contract for subsequent season value $30 million, the workforce introduced Saturday afternoon.

Ohtani was going to be eligible for wage arbitration after this season. This deal means he and the Angels will keep away from the method.

The reigning American League MVP will change into a free agent after the 2023 season.

Ohtani’s $30-million contract is a file for an arbitration-eligible participant, a contract value $3 million greater than Dodgers star Mookie Betts obtained.

The Angels now have $103 million dedicated to the 2023 payroll between Ohtani, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon.

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NFLPA fires doctor who cleared Tua Tagovailoa’s return

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The first domino from the Tua Tagovailoa situation has fallen.

The NFLPA has fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma guide who cleared Tagovailoa to return to final Sunday’s recreation, per a number of studies.

Tagovailoa appeared to expertise gross motor instability after a success to the pinnacle towards the Payments, which ought to have resulted in his not being allowed to return to the sport except it didn’t have a neurological trigger. The Dolphins, after the sport, stated that Tagovailoa’s again seized up.

On Thursday towards the Bengals, although, the 24-year-old third-year quarterback suffered another blow to the head, leading to a scary state of affairs that noticed him hospitalized.

Gamers and coaches all through the league have expressed outrage each that Tagovailoa was allowed to return to Sunday’s recreation and play in Thursday’s recreation. An official investigation is ongoing.

Bengals defensive tackle Josh Tupou (68) sacks Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a head injury on the play.
Bengals defensive deal with Josh Tupou (68) sacks Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a head harm on the play.
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Tua Tagovailoa (1) after being sacked during the second half against the Bills.
Tua Tagovailoa (1) after being sacked through the second half towards the Payments.
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The NFLPA, although, had seen sufficient and felt no want to attend in transferring on from the neurotrauma guide.

In line with NFL Community’s Cameron Wolfe, the gamers affiliation discovered that the person made a number of errors. Each that particular person and the Dolphins’ group doctor have been interviewed on Friday, per NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero.

At present, there is no timetable for Tagovailoa’s return, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel stated on Friday.

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Clippers and Bally Sports finalize new broadcast deal

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The Clippers and Bally Sports finalized their new tv contract Saturday, The Instances has realized, in a deal that ends months of negotiations between the edges and retains the vast majority of the group’s recreation broadcasts on a channel acquainted to its followers.

The general size of the deal was not disclosed, however the settlement is alleged to final a number of years, in keeping with individuals conversant in the contract however not licensed to talk publicly on the matter as a result of it has but to be introduced.

Bally Sports activities will televise 63 video games through the 2022-23 season, and the broadcasters who’ve referred to as Clippers video games in latest seasons will all return. Brian Sieman will return for his fifth season as the tv play-by-play voice. The analyst function might be dealt with once more by a rotation of former NBA participant Jim Jackson and coach Mike Fratello, whereas Jaime Maggio and Kristina Pink return as reporters.

The Clippers’ contract with the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned regional sports activities community had lapsed through the summer season, and whereas the edges had been described for weeks as near a renewal, it was accomplished with solely three weeks to spare earlier than opening evening of the common season.

Friday’s preseason-opening victory towards Maccabi Ra’anana from Seattle’s Local weather Pledge Enviornment was carried by KTLA as part of a new agreement that can embody the station carrying all 4 preseason video games along with 11 regular-season video games.

The group sought a cope with the over-the-air station as a way to broaden its viewership in Los Angeles and complement its regional broadcasts. Sieman and Fratello broadcast Friday’s recreation with KTLA’s David Pingalore serving because the reporter.

Video games not broadcast by Bally Sports activities or KTLA might be unique nationwide broadcasts.

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