Ben Simmons might not return until April due to back injury
I’m sure Brooklyn Nets fans will love this. By now, we knew that Ben Simmons would not be making his season debut before the Philadelphia 76ers host the Nets on March 10th. I initially thought that Simmons would be taking the court with the Nets shortly after, but with a report from ESPN yesterday, it doesn’t look like Simmons will be playing at all in the month of March.
On Monday, Nets’ head coach Steve Nash said that “Ben is still working through a number of things” and did not offer any timeline beyond saying that Simmons would not be playing this week. This aligned with what Woj stated late last week when he confirmed what we already knew in the fact that the former 76er won’t be making his season debut in Philly.
From there, ESPN reported yesterday that the Nets are considering Simmons “week-to-week” and continued to say that he might not even make his debut in the month of March. He has yet to participate in any five-on-five scrimmages, which is usually the last step before taking the court.
Nets fans, who are still struggling to come to terms with Ben Simmons not playing basketball and as of yesterday, started posting on Reddit that they need to be sensitive and “support” him when he does play or even is sitting on the bench, must be mad at this news. The regular season ends on April 10th.
Does the Nets organization really think that having Ben Simmons sit out basically until the playoffs is a good idea?
Simmons is fantastic in the regular season but in the playoffs? We all know what happens in the playoffs, but here’s a picture in case you forgot:
At this point, the Nets are the 8th seed and sit only a game above .500. They aren’t even on the 76ers radar as a threat over the final months of the season, and now, I hardly consider them to be a team of concern come playoff time. As I’ve stated for months, I don’t think that Ben Simmons will or even wants to play basketball this season. That seems to get more and more likely with each passing day.
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