In Los Angeles on Thursday, Ben Simmons underwent successful back surgery. The Brooklyn Nets are hoping he will fully recover before the start of the training camp this fall.
Simmons will need about three weeks for an “initial recovery period,” as the Nets said, before he can begin his rehabilitation program. Simmons’ procedure was called a microdiscectomy, which removes a small piece of herniated disc to reduce pressure on the spine.
The training camp will start in late September.
Simmons last played the game on June 20, 2021. He missed this entire season – some with Philadelphia before being exchanged for the Nets as a result of the move that sent James Harden to the 76ers – for a variety of reasons, including due to mental health issues before the trade and then what was initially called reverse spasms after trading.
Hopefully, the operation will allow Simmons to return to the court, play painlessly and become another key member of the title group, led by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which Brooklyn believes. Working on the mental health issues that Simmons is dealing with, Nets coach Steve Nash said that until the end of the season in Brooklyn it will remain a top priority for the team in the future.
“Everything has a mental component,” Nash said late last month. “I think Ben said there’s a mental component to what he’s going through. But how much and where he is with this is not for me to say. But as far as the organization is concerned, we are really trying to support Ben in any way we can to help him improve physically and get back on the court. ”
It was the second full season that Simmons missed in the last six years. He was selected No. 1 in the 2016 NBA Draft, but did not make his debut that season due to foot problems. He was a rookie of the year the following season 2017-18 and was selected at the NBA All-Star Game in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Under Simmons’ contract, he had three years and nearly $ 114 million left.
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