Ben Simmons will join Nets on road trip, not expected to play anytime soon
I’m starting to feel bad for Brooklyn Nets fans (not really). Actually, I find their team and fanbase hilarious. The Nets lost again yesterday to the Boston Celtics. On the season, they are 32-33, a game below .500 and in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. It brings me joy and I couldn’t be happier.
Kevin Durant returned to the court last week and all things considered, the Nets are getting closer to having Kyrie Irving return to playing full time basketball as the United States and more specifically New York City, begin to ease their vaccine mandates.
That of course leaves just one key player in question for Brooklyn.
Kidding, Joe Harris is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing his second ankle surgery last week, so of course we’re talking about Ben Simmons.
Simmons, who you may not be familiar with, hasn’t played basketball since June 20, 2021 when he was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and playing in Game 7 of a second-round series agains the Atlanta Hawks. From that point forward, he has refused to play basketball, citing mental health issues and most recently, back soreness.
Simmons was traded after months of complete and total bullshit to the Brooklyn Nets on February 10th along with Seth Curry and Andre Drummond. In return, the 76ers acquired James Harden and Paul Millsap. Not including Saturday night’s game without James Harden, the Sixers are a perfect 4-0 in the Harden-era and are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks in second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Sean Marks: No Timetable for Ben Simmons
Nets General Manager Sean Marks said on Thursday that he hopes to have Ben Simmons begin ramping up his return-to-play by the end of next week.
Sean Marks continued in saying that there’s no real timetable and the Nets need to take it day by day and see how Simmons responds but he hoped it would be sooner than later.
Simmons is expected to join team on current road trip
Nets head coach Steve Nash said on Sunday that there’s no real update but that Simmons, who didn’t travel with the team to Boston, is expected to join the Nets are on their three game road trip to sit on the bench, like he has done every single game since being traded to the team.
That’s important, because the Nets three-game road trip ends on March 10th when they come to South Philadelphia to play the 76ers. Yesterday, Woj was on ESPN talking about Ben Simmons and when he would be ready to take the basketball court again.
Coincidentally, it looks like Simmons will be ready to start playing basketball following the Philadelphia 76ers game on Thursday. Even Woj chuckled to himself after saying that in the video.
Now that we’re all caught up on everything that’s unfolded over the past week in regards to Ben Simmons, I think it’s safe to say that almost all of the updates and whatever Ben Simmons is telling the Nets and the media, like usual, is complete nonsense, right?
Simmons just doesn’t want to play against the Philadelphia 76ers. I don’t know how any other conclusion can be made. I’m honestly shocked he is expected to join the Nets on their current roadtrip, which includes a stop in Philly.
I still don’t see him showing his face at the Wells Fargo Center.
Even if he’s joining the team on the road trip, I think it’s more likely that he watches the game from his house in South Jersey than sitting on the bench with the Nets on Thursday night. Nothing that Ben Simmons has done or said over the past seven months indicates that he will return to Philly on March 10th.
Maybe, I’m wrong, and I hope I’m wrong. But my guess, is that we still won’t see Simmons Thursday night and honestly, the longer he doesn’t play basketball, the less likely he plays this season for the Brooklyn Nets.
Luckily for Simmons, Nets fans seem to be much more accepting with his bullshit that fans in Philadelphia. (lol).