During the Sixers media day on Monday, Simmons stated emphatically that he is “100 percent” while also stating that he is ready to become a leader this season.
In fact, Simmons said he is “ready to go” with no restrictions adding that missing all of last season due to injury “was frustrating to start, but it was a great opportunity for me to learn.”
“One hundred percent, cleared to play and I’ve just been working out, playing five-on-five pickup. So just back to where I was before and a whole lot better now” Simmons said.
76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo said Simmons “has all the tools to be a great player in this game.”
Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown said that he plans to play Simmons at point guard this season.
“It feels normal to me,” Simmons said about the team’s plans for him.
“He’s the first coach to finally give me the opportunity. He obviously sees something in me. I believe in myself and I believe I can do it. There’s not many people who can really guard me off the dribble, the full length of the court. It’s going to be a mismatch problem a lot of the time.”
Colangelo said that having this year’s No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz and Simmons “in the same boat” this season is “not dissimilar to what we had last year.”
“Multiple candidates for Rookie of the Year, finding a balance to all of that. I’ve said it before, it’s almost unfair to load up a coach with those kind of issues, but hopefully everyone will look at this as an opportunity to put team first and sacrifice what’s required to make us a better basketball team,” Colangelo said.