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Around the Association: Simmons Reports, Kyrie Fallout, Mann's Extension, Feeling Old, More

ESPN 12 October, 2021 - 01:58pm

If you’re a Philadelphia 76ers fan, this news might excite you. If you’re not a 76ers fan, you’re probably just tired of hearing about the Ben Simmons drama. I know I am.

Anywho, Ben Simmons has finally ended the standoff between him and Philadelphia just a week before NBA’s Opening Night next Tuesday.

Final ESPN story on Ben Simmons' surprise return to the 76ers on Monday night: https://t.co/8V0UyhYAK8

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 12, 2021

Simmons arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and will have to clear the COVID-19 protocols before he can start working out with the team, but Philly has their All-Star guard back for now.

I’d imagine that all is far from peachy with Simmons and the Sixers after Simmons requested a trade from the team and hasn’t talked to Doc Rivers or the front office since August, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Nevertheless, Simmons is expected to meet with Philadelphia’s leadership on Tuesday to reintegrate himself into the mix this week.

What else is going on around the association, you ask? Let’s check!

•   Another major storyline that has consumed the NBA preseason took a turn in a slightly surprising direction this morning when the Brooklyn Nets decided that they were going to start their season without their All-Star guard, Kyrie Irving. Irving has been away from the team due to NYC vaccination mandates for professional athletes. On Tuesday morning, Nets’ GM Sean Marks decided that Irving would not join the team until he met the local order and became eligible to be a full participant. Bobby Marks, Tim Bontemps, and Brian Windhorst do a solid job answering many of the questions surrounding this morning’s news.

Everything you need to know about the Kyrie Irving situation in Brooklyn.

With @TimBontemps and @WindhorstESPN https://t.co/H8QHos6UxF

— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 12, 2021

•   On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers and Terance Mann came to terms on a two-year, $22 million extension. Mann spent much of the 2020-21 season as a reserve, averaging 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game but played a significant role when Los Angeles lost Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs. Marc J. Spears has all the details on the extension for Mann.

Terance Mann has signed a contract extension with the Clippers, @espn and @TheUndefeated have learned. Read here for more details: https://t.co/ZomlZ6dTNs

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) October 12, 2021

•   Yo, I’m this old! I was in high school when Dwyane Wade burst onto the NBA scene, and now his kid is heading to the G League.

Zaire Wade, the son of Dwyane Wade, is signing a contract in the NBA G League and is expected to join the Utah Jazz’s affiliate Salt Lake City Stars, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Dwyane Wade is a part-owner of the Jazz.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2021

•   The NBA will release its 75 Greatest Players list next week. Still, news that Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robinson will serve as ambassadors for the league indicated that all will be very well-represented on the list.

The NBA also announces that Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Bob Pettit and Oscar Robertson will all serve as ambassadors for the league this season as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations … suggesting all five of those legends naturally made the Top 75 cut. https://t.co/m4C5wjTwAC

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 12, 2021

•  Jim Boylen sat in on Knicks practice on Tuesday. Boylen was an assistant with the Bulls under Tom Thibodeau when Thibodeau was at the helm in Chicago. All I have to say about this is … *insert Kanye shaking his head GIF*.

Former Bulls head coach Jim Boylen is sitting on the sidelines at Knicks practice today.

— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) October 12, 2021

•  Good news for the Bulls? According to Willie Green, Zion Williamson’s injury situation is still cloudy, and his status for the start of the season remains up in the air. I hope Zion gets back on the court soon because he’s fun to watch and good for the game, but I must admit, the Bulls missing Zion when they play New Orleans on October 22 would be clutch.

Willie Green says Zion Williamson will “get some scans” in the next day or two on his right foot and they’ll proceed from there on what’s next.

Williamson has not started running yet, they are waiting on scans for that.

Has continued to shoot and do some dribbling.

— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) October 11, 2021

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Doc Rivers on Ben Simmons: "I'm gonna call Woj and find out what's going on."

Awful Announcing 12 October, 2021 - 09:00am

Things got crazy last night in the sports world with the Jon Gruden story hitting a breaking point.

About thirty minutes after reports first came that Gruden was resigning in the wake of racist/misogynistic/homophobic emails becoming public, Woj reported that Ben Simmons was back in Philadelphia and planning to return to the Sixers.

Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons has arrived in Philadelphia and took a Covid-19 test — as required by NBA protocol, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 12, 2021

Credit the Simmons camp for picking the absolute best time to take that particular news dump. Before this weekend it was hard to imagine any scenario in which the (possibly temporary) end to the Simmons trade saga wouldn’t be grist for the daily news cycle mill, but that’s exactly what’s happened, for obvious reasons.

The Simmons news came not only during Monday Night Football, but during the middle of a Sixers preseason game; they were hosting Brooklyn, a game they won 114-105, not that anyone really cared about that after. Rather, the media in attendance were understandably interested in what the plan was for Simmons, although coach Doc Rivers clearly didn’t have much for them.

In fact, he noted that he might be forced to tap into the same resource that the rest of us have to use for NBA information.

— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) October 12, 2021

That’s a solidly evergreen quote for people in the NBA, to be honest.

Related, here’s a visual reenactment of Simmons returning to the Sixers:

Ben Simmons walking into the Sixers training facility pic.twitter.com/LURtHShR0E

— Real Hooper Pilled Trill (@TrillBroDude) October 11, 2021

[Image: Tom Moore, Twitter]

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.

A familiar face to many will be popping up on Blazers coverage this season.

Tuesday, October 12 Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, ESPN 7:30 p.m. – Sean McDonough, Ray Ferraro, Emily Kaplan Seattle...

ESPN continues to grow and revamp their audio lineup.

News of Gruden's exit came just over an hour after the New York Times published a story with more on his emails.

"In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a 'f***ot' and a 'clueless anti football p*ssy' and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft 'queers.'"

"MLB responded by requesting an equity stake in any planned streaming service that featured MLB games, 'a new wrinkle that complicated matters too much to complete on time.'"

A familiar face to many will be popping up on Blazers coverage this season.

Tuesday, October 12 Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, ESPN 7:30 p.m. – Sean McDonough, Ray Ferraro, Emily Kaplan Seattle...

ESPN continues to grow and revamp their audio lineup.

News of Gruden's exit came just over an hour after the New York Times published a story with more on his emails.

"In the emails, Gruden called the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell, a 'f***ot' and a 'clueless anti football p*ssy' and said that Goodell should not have pressured Jeff Fisher, then the coach of the Rams, to draft 'queers.'"

"MLB responded by requesting an equity stake in any planned streaming service that featured MLB games, 'a new wrinkle that complicated matters too much to complete on time.'"

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