Sixers coach Brett Brown said it was a fight getting Dario Saric to sit out the first two preseason games.

“He hates it. He can’t stand it,” Brown said of Saric’s reaction to forced rest. “He doesn’t want to let people down, and he wants to fight through things.”

Dario Saric loves playing basketball. His attitude toward not wanting to take a break is a characteristic that makes him beloved in Philadelphia.

More than anyone, though, Saric deserved a break.

Saric went from playing with Turkish club Anadolu Efes, to playing for Croatia in the 2016 Olympics, to playing his first NBA season with the Sixers — in which he narrowly missed out on being named rookie of the year — and took a short break before joining his national team in the EuroBasket tournament this summer.

The Sixers’ head coach has an extensive international background, which includes coaching the Australian national team, so he’s all too familiar with the time demands placed on foreign basketball players.

“When he came back, I asked if he was tired and he said, ‘No I’m fine, I’m ready to go.’ I was surprised because I was watching him play while we were at home resting,” Ben Simmons said.