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Doc Rivers’ appearance on First Take was ... something

Media day for the Sixers is next Monday, but head coach Doc Rivers got ahead of the imminent Ben Simmons questions with an appearance on ESPN’s First Take Wednesday.

Rivers answered questions from host Stephen A. Smith regarding Simmons’ trade demand and Rivers’ comments after Game 7.

There is a LOT to unpack here.

First, Rivers confirmed what we already knew — Simmons has asked for a trade and no longer wants to be a Sixer. He also gave the strongest endorsement from anyone in the organization to bring Simmons back.