— With Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, the New York Knicks can do things they couldn't last season.
Can the Lakers find their rhythm? Can the Nets win without Kyrie? Can the Bulls keep winning? We break down where all 30 teams stand after the first week of the season.
— Seth Curry's start resembled some of his big brother's hottest streaks.
Beyond the absences of their star point guards, both Brooklyn and Philadelphia have pressing issues to address after two games this season.
Tobias Harris called Ben Simmons' meeting with the 76ers on Friday morning "a good start" while emphasizing the need to "be there for him as a team" and respect his privacy and space.
— Ben Simmons wasn't there. Joel Embiid conceded he should not have played. With Philadelphia's All-Star cornerstones absent or injured, Kevin Durant and Brooklyn had the opening they needed to spoil the 76ers' opener with a rally down the stretch.
Ben Simmons has told the 76ers that he is not mentally ready to play to his expectations now, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Nets for personal reasons.
Kendrick Perkins joins to talk about the 76ers having issues with Ben Simmons, what they can do to resolve the issues and how it is affecting the team and the guys discuss how the Rams handled the Jared Goff trade.
Adrian Wojnarowski joins to discuss Ben Simmons skipping the individual workout at the 76ers facility and how long the drama can drag out and the guys disscuss Josh Jacobs' comments about the Raiders sideline without Jon Gruden. .
Adrian Wojnarowski Senior NBA Insider
Ben Simmons met with Sixers' medical professionals and coach Doc Rivers today and informed them that he's not mentally ready to play to his expectations now, sources tell ESPN. He also talked to his teammates today. Simmons has to be evaluated now and next steps will be based upon the determination of medical professionals, sources tell ESPN.
The NBA's anniversary celebration has been highlighted by a revamped list of the game's most revered legends.
Speaking on the relationship between Philadelphia fans and the city's professional athletes, Eagles center Jason Kelce turned the conversation toward the 76ers' Ben Simmons, saying his issues boil down to a lack of accountability.
Ben Simmons' status for the Sixers' game Friday against the Nets remains unclear after he did not take part in a scheduled individual workout and briefly received treatment for back tightness, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Adrian Wojnarowski Senior NBA Insider
ESPN Sources: Ben Simmons arrived and departed the 76ers practice facility today without taking part in a scheduled individual workout. His status for Friday night's game vs. Brooklyn is unclear. As a team, the Sixers had no practice today. Simmons has yet to fully engage in a team practice, so it remains unlikely that he would make his season-debut vs. the Nets on Friday.
If OBJ plays tonight and finds chemistry with Case Keenum...things are going to start getting weird in Cleveland. Doris Burke joins to talk about the Knicks win over the Celtics last night & the latest on Ben Simmons & the Sixers. Bart Scott joins to play Real or Not Real and talk about the dark horse contenders in the NFL. 2x Olympic Gold Medalist & MMA fighter Claressa Shields joins to talk about her stepping into the octagon & if/when she'll step back into the boxing ring.
The Dodgers lose and are now down 3-1 to the Dodgers in the NLCS...and that makes Key sad. The Sixers beat the Pelicans last night without Ben Simmons and some of the things Jay has heard from Joel Embiid definitely makes him think that the Sixers will be way better off without him. Tonight's game is one of the biggest of Baker Mayfield's NFL career...and he's not even playing.
After laughing and getting their minds off basketball for a few hours, the 76ers showed good chemistry while blowing out the Pelicans on Wednesday night.
— Joel Embiid and those members of the Philadelphia 76ers who made the trip to New Orleans for their regular-season opener looked unfazed by the absence of Ben Simmons and unaffected by the drama surrounding the disgruntled All-Star guard.
Points Per Game113.7Tied-9th
Rebounds Per Game43.026th
Assists Per Game22.0Tied-20th