Ben Simmons hasn’t seen an action game since June 20, when the Atlanta Hawks beat the Philadelphia 76ers in game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Since his move to Brooklyn, Simmons has yet to play for the Nets, but coach Steve Nash said Tuesday that he is “extremely hopeful” the All-Star keeper will play before the regular season. usually ends.
Simmons sat out the whole season in Philadelphia, waiting for the 76ers to trade him. Now, he is dealing with a back injury.
Nash told reporters: “He’s just detoxing, getting fit. “We’re still doing that side of things rather than court work right now.”
The Nets bought Simmons on the February 10 trade deadline along with Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks, with James Harden and Paul Millsap joining the 76ers. It was expected that he would make his debut now, but back problems have limited Simmons for the past few weeks.
“The biggest thing we tried to do was get him involved in everything,” Nash said. “Traveling is something to keep in mind when you sometimes consider his cost benefit on planes and buses and different beds. When he’s with us, we want him in every meeting, in every tutorial, in every movie screening, whatever it takes to get him around the team. We want him to travel, be with the team all the time, but we also have to consider that scenario. ”
Simmons is not in Orlando, where Nets steamrolled the Magic, 150-108, behind Kyrie Irving’s franchise record and career-high 60 points.
Simmons, 25, was a three-time All-Star in his four NBA seasons, scoring 15.9 points with 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 275 career games, all in all. all start with the 76ers. He was the Sixers’ #1 overall draft player among the LSUs in 2016.
The Nets were able to use him in their last 14 games. At 35-33, they sit eighth in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the play-in if the season ends now. They are 4 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the final playoff spot.
Defender Goran Dragic said his teammates would welcome having Simmons on the field.
“Because then you get a different weapon, a different defender, a different jet, so it’s going to be even better,” Dragic said. “Of course, we wish him all the best and he can come back quickly and help us.”
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