Ben Simmons: Healthy and More Explosive
For months we have wondered about Ben Simmons. Brett Brown initially said Ben Simmons was not 100% while Ben Simmons was posting his typical training pictures all over social media and throwing down monster dunks.
Now, we know for sure. Yesterday in a virtual meeting with the media, Ben Simmons gave us confirmation that he’s not only healthy, but feeling great and ready to play later this month in Disney World.
“I’m feeling even better than I was when I started the season,” Simmons said. “I’ve been working since I had the injury, working until now to be prepared for whatever happens, wherever we go. So I’m feeling great, been rehabbing this whole time, so I’ve been feeling ready and very comfortable.”
Brett Brown also commented on his health in a recent meeting with the media too.
“He’s good to go. He’s put in a tremendous amount of work for me to be able to say that…What I’m told is effectively 100% health.” – Brett Brown on Ben Simmons
— The Liberty Line (@LibertyLinePHL) July 1, 2020
Ben Simmons used the NBA suspension to not only rehab from his lower back injury, but also to put on muscle and work on his strength and on-court mentality.
“Overall, just more strength,” Simmons said when asked to put his muscle gain in context. “It’s hard to keep that size on during the season so this was kind of like a resetting point. I was able to get Pilates in almost every day. Lifting weights, taking care of my body and getting back to 100 percent. I’ve just been trying to go overboard with that and being prepared to be down there and play.”
Simmons is feeling more explosive. Which is great to hear. I have always said that an explosive, aggressive Ben Simmons is more important for the 76ers and his game as a whole than him developing a jumper. Yes, a jumper is nice, but an attacking Simmons is even better.
“More explosive, definitely, but just more control,” Simmons said. “I feel a lot more control when I’m out there on the floor and knowing what I’m capable of with my body. It just feels very good and overall, I just feel like I’m back to 100 percent. It’s just a good feeling.”
Simmons spent time in LA with Lebron James and puts his trust in the NBA return in the hands of his mentor, as well as Chris Paul – another vocal NBA leader that was heavily involved in conversations about the NBA’s return.
As for the Ben Simmons and Sixers doubters, Ben isn’t phased one bit.
“We’re not worried about what other people are saying,” Simmons said. “We’ve got to focus on ourselves and get ready to compete. We’ve beaten the best teams in the league so we’re ready to compete. We’re a young, healthy team right now so we’re looking forward to grabbing this opportunity and going all the way. We’re not going to go out there doubting ourselves. We know what we’re capable of.”
We are less than 30 days away from Sixers basketball. It’s good to be back.
It’s good to be back. pic.twitter.com/fIoCp0gzih
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 2, 2020