Because the world waits on the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving drama to unfold, it’s simple to overlook that even when the Nets do transfer each superstars as requested, they nonetheless have one All-Star on their roster.
Ben Simmons isn’t anticipated to be going anyplace, although it might take time for him to regain his All-Star kind. One among his teammates admitted as a lot.
“There are all the time challenges. Foremost, he has missed a complete season. It will be a problem getting his rhythm again enjoying basketball,” Seth Curry, Simmons’ teammate with the 76ers and now the Nets, advised The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. “I don’t know particularly what he has been by, mentally — that’s arduous for me to touch upon — however having that 12 months off, having that point off, of competing and enjoying five-on-five basketball goes to be simply as arduous … simply taking a while and getting re-acclimated to enjoying high-level basketball, however he’s a particular expertise, has all the talents. The Nets want him on the ground.”
Ben Simmons is making ready for a return to professional basketball after a season-long hiatus.Photograph by Elsa/Getty Pictures
The 6-foot-11 Simmons has performed in three All-Stars video games and at his greatest was a game-changing expertise at each ends of the ground. For his profession, he has averaged 15.9 factors, 8.9 rebounds and seven.7 assists. It’s simply been so lengthy because the No. 1-overall choose of the 2016 NBA Draft final performed, courting again to the 2020-21 playoffs. He then requested a commerce from the 76ers, and didn’t play for them in any respect. After coming over to the Nets in a commerce deadline blockbuster for James Harden on Feb. 10, the 26-year-old Simmons didn’t go well with up for them both.
He underwent microdiscectomy surgical procedure at Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles on Could 5. A supply near Simmons confirmed to The Submit in June that he has began the rehab section and is on schedule to be prepared for coaching camp.
“I’ve seen him within the facility a few occasions,” Curry mentioned. “Identical to I mentioned, [he’s] been doing numerous taking pictures, working, engaged on his physique and being within the health club, so, from every part I’ve seen, hopefully, he will probably be on the market able to go come coaching camp.”
There’s no telling what the composition of the Nets roster will seem like when coaching camp comes round. It might embody Durant and Irving, or it may not. The Nets will want Simmons both means.
Seth Curry, who performed with Ben Simmons on each the 76ers and now the Nets, mentioned the All-Star is making progress on his grand return.Photograph by Mike Stobe/Getty Pictures
“Clearly, he’s an All-Star-caliber participant,” Curry mentioned. “Clearly, he’s making an attempt to profit from this offseason, get again wholesome bodily and mentally. Like I say, he had a 12 months off, it’s going to be good for him to get again out on the court docket and get re-acclimated. He creates numerous three-point photographs for his teammates. Clearly, it helps me so much, to get good photographs. The pick-and-roll sport, and the hand-off sport, the two-man sport … he is an effective man rolling to the rim and ending. Defensively … he can guard numerous positions.”
He simply hasn’t performed any of these issues in fairly some time.