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Will Simmons use crowd reception as legal basis?

The suggestion has been floated in league circles that Simmons showing up for Thursday's game is merely setting the stage for Simmons and Klutch Sports' argument when the grievance is filed. Reports of an increased security presence at Thursday's game circulated on Tuesday morning, which a cynical observer would say is meant to combat the venom directed at Simmons specifically. The security detail for that game, however, has been described simply as a "playoff-level crew" with consideration for a number of factors, including increased celebrity presence and a larger media contingent, in addition to the obvious angle regarding Simmons and the Nets.

Put Simmons in the middle of that storm, the argument goes, and it's believed that will be Exhibit A in the case of why Simmons could not and did not fulfill his obligations for the Sixers prior to being traded, why he was unprepared to work for this franchise prior to being dealt.
...Simmons and his representatives offered repeated fleeting explanations for his desire to be traded elsewhere, and eventually those explanations changed to why he simply wouldn't/couldn't do his job. Those ranged from alleged anger over being included in talks for James Harden, frustration over Embiid and Doc Rivers' comments following Game 7, a back issue, and a mental health explanation that ultimately led to a team meeting, with Simmons telling his teammates in late October he was, "not mentally ready to play."
Those fines were levied as a result of a very basic disagreement between the two parties. Simmons would not see the supplied team doctors to address the issue, and though reports have suggested that he has seen someone through the NBPA, the Sixers never received documentation that provided them with either an explanation for his absence or a treatment plan to put him in a position to be available at some point this season. League sources who spoke to PhillyVoice in the fall described the process as no different from if a player saw an outside specialist for a bone break or ligament tear, the team needing to be kept in the loop regarding what an injury is and how it's meant to be dealt with.
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Interesting if thats the sole purpose he turns up.

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I hadn't heard about the Doctor issue before

Much of the Kawhi/Spurs debacle came down to him losing faith in the Spurs doctors, if I remember correctly. It's not surprising this issue would come up

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Simmons : Your honour my mental health suffers everytime someone makes a comment about my game and worse still if I get boo'd. How can any one play under these conditions?

Westbrook : Hold my beer.

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If he cared about his mental health and that was a trigger, and he's not playing and hasn’t been going to the sidelines in prior games, then you’d imagine deciding to rock up to Philadelphia and using it as evidence won’t play well when lawyers examine on it.

Surely it would only make the Nets look bad for risking it out of awareness of the trigger factor, or Simmons for the apparent lack of being genuine. Most people don’t needlessly throw themselves into detriment like that.

Very odd.

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The 76ers have fined and withheld about half of his season salary prior to the trade so there is about 17 million reasons why he's pulling this stunt. I couldn't see this holding up in court so think it's likely an attempt to strongarm the 76ers into a negotiated settlement.

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Yeah it seems pretty flimsy if this is in fact what is happening. "Floated in league circles" is hardly evidence of any kind.

He has been on the bench for other games since being a Net hasnt he?

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