After missing his first season of NBA professional basketball player in 2016, Ben Simmons is once again in the casualty ward and there is no certain word on when he can return.
Simmons was considered a rookie when he returned for the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2017 – 2018 NBA season he played to a level that silenced all doubters and won him the NBA Rookie of the Year award.
Simmons’ management team and the club are working with doctors to determine the best course of action to deal with his back injury.
Asked how long Simmons would be out, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, who also does a bit of coaching on the side for the Boomers, said, “I don’t know. It really is kind of, like, how long is a piece of string? Who knows? Who knows?
Brown’s reply sounded philosophical, the sort of philosophy we used to get when Phil Jackson was coaching the Chicago Bulls, and then the Los Angeles Lakers.
Simmons tried to take the court last weekend in a game agasint the Milwaukee Bucks, a game the 76ers would have lost with or without Simmons, but he played less than five minutes before leaving the court for X-ray examination of his back.
Coach Brown now confronts the dilemma of how to take the NBA’s best team on home court (27 – 2) and flip one of the worst touring records (9 – 20) in the league.
“It’s not ideal,” Brown said. “But that’s why you have a team. Now, coach it.”
Phil Jackson at the height of his Zen powers could not have said it any better.
Brown said he would use a platoon system to substitute for Simmons while Simmons is out.
Simmons continued the tradition of NBA teams selecting an Aussie player with the first pick of the NBA Draft. The others were Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Andrew Bogut in 2005. All three claim Melbourne as their places of birth.