Earlier today Brett Brown spoke with the media via zoom to talk about the team as they get ready to travel to Orlando for the league’s restart. Brown would mention that after league-wide testing that no players on the team tested positive for COVID-19. 

Although there have been multiple players league-wide who have opted not to return for various reasons, coach Brown also stated that no players on the roster have expressed interest in opting out to play in Orlando. This means that outside of Zhaire Smith the Sixers will be at full strength.

Brown would also dive into the team’s All-Stars, giving updates on Ben Simmons’ back and Joel Embiid.

When discussing Ben Simmons’ back injury that kept him out of nine of the Sixers’ last ten games before the suspension, Brown was very optimistic. He would go on to say that Simmons is “100% healthy” and that “[Simmons] has put in a tremendous amount of work.”

A few weeks ago Joel Embiid was quoted that he had been working in the gym six days a week for the last month. Brown would double-down on Embiid’s work today, stating that “there is nobody on our team that has put in more time than Joel Embiid.”

This is great news for the Sixers with the return of play right around the corner. The Sixers are only going to go as far as Simmons and Embiid can take them, hearing that they are healthy and ready to go makes the Sixers a serious threat in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin McCormick is the 76ers insider for 97.3 ESPN and 76ers editor for Sportstalkphilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMcC973.

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