The Philadelphia 76ers star has a herniated disk in his back, but the timeline for returning to the court is still unclear.
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NEW YORK (WABC) — Coach Steve Nash announced before Monday night’s 114-106 victory against the Utah Jazz that Brooklyn Nets player Ben Simmons has a herniated disk in his back.
Nash is confident that Simmons will play this season, but with just 11 regular-season games remaining, the team is running out of time for the former All-Star to make his debut. Last week, Simmons received an epidural to relieve strain in his back.
“He had this a few years ago,” Nash recalled, “so he’s had [herniated disks] throughout his career at times.” “And there was, I suppose, a flare-up. I’m not sure when they realized it was more than a back flare-up and a herniated disk or anything, but that was the cause for the epidural at some point.”
The potential of surgery has not been mentioned at this time, according to Nash, although Simmons has yet to be cleared for practice since being acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers shortly before the trade deadline last month. According to Nash, Simmons, who has not played this season while waiting for a trade from the Sixers, first had back pain in the final week of February.
Nash added, “From what I know, he trained very hard for five, six months.” “He was in a fantastic situation. Unfortunately, I believe there was a flare-up somewhere along the way, and it’s never truly recovered since. I believe he spent months on court five or six days a week and was doing quite well, so it’s just terrible, but we’ll keep going. And, hopefully, a satisfactory settlement in the near future.”
Simmons got an MRI on his back last week, according to Nash, so the organization could discover out what was causing him difficulty.
Nash remarked, “I’ve got the same problems.” “But since they’re all so distinct and diverse, it’s difficult for me to discuss my experiences because my back was so different. You never know what may happen. You never know how it will react. You feel wonderful and turn a corner, and it may be a short-term or long-term issue, so we’ll just have to wait and see how he progresses.”
According to Simmons’ new colleagues, the 25-year-old is in high spirits as he works his way back to the court.
Kevin Durant stated following Monday’s shootaround, “I don’t have any counsel for him.” “He knows what he has to do; he’s a seasoned pro. I believe all he needs to know is that we are rooting for him and that we want him to get well. Even while we really want to play with him, we don’t want him to hurry. We don’t want him to make a hasty decision. No, except than ‘Take your time and do it perfect,’ I don’t have any suggestions.”
When Simmons is ready to play again, Nash stated the Nets would “incorporate him at any moment.”
The latest discovery concerning Simmons’ status, according to Nash, “doesn’t necessarily impact the result.” “We are still hopeful that he will return. During his recovery, he’s had times when he’s on the court doing certain things and it seems like he’s ready to turn a corner, but then there’s a setback. So I’m still hopeful that he’ll be able to play for us.”
Joe Harris, a guard, underwent left ankle ligament restoration surgery on Monday and is anticipated to be ready for the start of training camp ahead of the 2022-23 season, according to the Nets. At Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dr. Robert Anderson conducted the procedure. Harris only played 14 games this season, averaging 11.3 points and 4 rebounds per contest.
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