By Michael Donovan
Sixers rookie phenom Ben Simmons is still a couple of months away from returning from foot surgery, but coach Brett Brown is salivating!
“When he’s ready to go to the court, my intention is to give him the ball and let him be the point guard,” Brown told the Inky. “That’s the plan. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a little bit of time to introduce him.”
The coach was talking about how the team is preparing the first overall pick for an expected January return.
Simmons suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot during the final day of training camp in September. The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder came out of Louisiana State point forward.
“Everyone gets all twisted on what their version of a point guard is,” Brown told NBA.com at the time. “When I say ‘point guard’ I mean point guard. You’ve got the ball. You could call him Isiah Thomas, the old Isiah Thomas of my generation. You could call him Chris Paul. I mean point guard point guard. There are times I think that he can be a point guard. Not Draymond Green. Not LeBron [James]. Not Lamar Odom. That’s a point forward. I walk both lines at different moments. To start him off, we’ll play him as a point forward.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, if you fast-forwarded all this a few years where we may sort of declare him a point guard,” Brown said last week on NBA.com’s Hang Time Podcast. “Sometimes in my aggressive wishes, dreams, I say why don’t you just give him the ball?”