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Ben Simmons still not back to fitness with the Brooklyn Nets

Ben Simmons may have been considered the future face of the league since the 2016 draft, and he was even compared to LeBron James on draft night. But everything has gone downhill since then, culminating in a difficult time with Brooklyn.

After one of his best NBA seasons in the 2020-21 campaign, Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers fell in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Atlanta Hawks after a thrilling Game 7. Instead of joining the field in the Games After the Tokyo Olympics were eliminated, Simmons insisted that he stay behind and not help the Boomers, who without Simmons won their first Olympic medal.

When Sixers training camp begins after the Olympics, the former Sixers had a strange way of shutting down any possibility of a long-term plan with the Sixers and making sure to let us know before the first game of the season. He didn’t arrive the day training camp began, and when he did show up, Doc Rivers and Simmons continued butting heads in practice.

Joel Embiid then started the Sixers’ home opener to take it easy on Simmons.

Simmons got off to a poor start due to injury setbacks. But that didn’t stop Sixers general manager Elton Brand from trading him.

After a missed opportunity in the 2022 postseason, when Simmons took the court for the Nets, that competitive drive he once had to beat out players like Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell for Rookie of the Year was no longer there. there.

Increasing it to 65 games per season is a challenge. The Nets have been forced to adjust to playing without him. Whatever this injury bug is for Simmons, Nets fans can only hope it goes away as he enters the final year of his max contract.

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