Ben Simmons’ back surgery continues the sad Nets saga

Ben Simmons’ sad story continued Thursday as he underwent major disc surgery on his back, despite the Brooklyn Nets claiming he will return to training camp.

The Nets referred to the surgery as a “microdiscectomy,” which took place in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital. The procedure was developed by Dr. Robert Watkins performed an IV and the Nets said after three weeks of recovery he will begin a rehab program.

Even if he makes it to training camp in late September, the new surgery will keep him off the basketball court, where he hasn’t been competitive in quite some time.

Simmons has not played an actual NBA game since June 2021. Although he returned to Nets practice, he never appeared in a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

Ben Simmons (right) underwent back surgery on Thursday.
Ben Simmons (right) underwent back surgery on Thursday.

Traded to the Nets in February in a package for James Harden, Simmons never fit – first with ongoing mental health issues and then with back pain.

He was preparing to play the Celtics in Game 4 but opted out – most likely because the Nets were 3-0 down against the Celtics and the risk outweighed the reward.

The disc surgery further proves the Nets got back damaged goods in the Simmons deal. The Sixers, however, are not rising with Harden, who failed to up his game in the second round against the Heat with Philly, who is 2-0 behind.

Nets president Sean Marks and coach Steve Nash have not addressed the media since the Nets were defeated 4-0 by the Celtics in an embarrassing first-round flop. Ben Simmons’ back surgery continues the sad Nets saga


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