Ben Simmons unlikely to feature in NBA season as reports of herniated disc


The Brooklyn Nets are still hoping to have Ben Simmons on the court at some point in 2022 – but it’s now extremely unlikely that it will be before the playoffs, if at all.

Insider Shams Charania wrote in his column for The Athletic that a herniated disc could sideline the controversial Australian star from the pitch for the foreseeable future.

Simmons had an epidural injection last week for pain relief, after dealing with back problems for more than two years.

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“That’s really a question for the medical staff,” Nets coach Steve Nash said when asked what Simmons would have to do to get on the court.

“All the ins and outs of his back injury, I couldn’t talk about.”

Nash said he “can’t remember” if Simmons’ back problems were noticeable when the team acquired him in a blockbuster trade last month.

The Nets traded James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks.

Ben Simmons sits at the edge of the court. (Getty)

Despite a mediocre season on the court for a variety of reasons, the Nets have remained one of the most talked about teams – both due to the fortunes of Harden and Simmons, as well as the repeated absences of superstar Kyrie Irving in reason for the New York vaccine. protocols.

All Star Kevin Durant said Irving was frustrated with the inability to play home games.

“I mean, what is it, April almost?” Durant told reporters today.

“It’s pretty obvious he’s not going to take the picture. So like I said, just focus on who you are and what you bring to the team every day and once that situation will be resolved, then it will be.

“It’s out of my control, it’s out of anybody’s control. So you can’t force anyone to do anything. So just try to focus on me.”

Durant said Irving has made up his mind and his teammates need to respect it and move on — and the team has been heading in the right direction recently, winning five of its last six games.

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