Nets eye a two-week schedule for Ben Simmons

Sean Marks said there is “no real timeline” but a theoretical timeline regarding Ben Simmons is becoming clearer.

In the best-case scenario, the Nets could see their latest star debut in about two weeks, the general manager announced Thursday before Nets lost, 113-107, to the heat at the Barclays Center.

Marks said Simmons, whose back stiffness has prolonged his time off the court, should continue with individual training sessions this week.

“Hopefully he gets better into the team environment late next week,” the GM told YES Network. “And then we can really power up and get him in game shape.”

Brooklyn visits Philadelphia next Thursday, a showdown with James Harden that Simmons will miss after staying away from the 76ers all season. The Nets were scheduled to practice the following Saturday in what could be the first high-intensity workout Simmons is attending.

Typically the nets require three such drills before a player can return to the court. If all goes well – and the crystal ball is particularly cloudy for a player who has not played a game in 8 1/2 months due to mental and now physical reasons – a season on March 18 (vs Portland) or March 21 ( against Utah). and Net’s debut are possibilities.

The Nets hope for a “proper ramp start”.[ing] up’ Ben Simmons by the end of next week.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Simmons agent Rich Paul said Simmons is more “week to week” than day to day. The network speculated that he could miss all of March. Marks was a little happier.

“While there’s no real timeline, we’ll have to take him day by day and see how he responds,” Marks said, “and hopefully the sooner the better.”

Head coach Steve Nash missed his third straight game while under health and safety protocols.

“He’s fine,” acting head coach Jacque Vaughn said of Nash, who was added to the minutes on Monday.

Jacque Vaughn has stepped in as Nets coach while Stave Nash is on COVID protocol.
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Goran Dragic was set to play his fourth game with the Nets and first against the Heat, with whom he played for seven seasons, including an appearance in the 2020 Finals.

“He gave us a scouting report,” Vaughn said, laughing.

With the 76ers apparently not having enough former Nets on the team, they will reportedly catch up with DeAndre Jordan.

The former Brooklyn center will join Harden and Paul Millsap in Philadelphia, The Athletic reported, adding just a bit more juice to a potential rivalry. Nets eye a two-week schedule for Ben Simmons


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