WHY BEN SIMMONS, A SPECTATOR SINCE JUNE ’21, WILL STRUGGLE

By Jerry Wein

Seth Curry expects Ben Simmons’ work to regain his rhythm to be “challenging,” he told reporters in Australia recently.

Due to injury and mental health issues, Simmons hasn’t played basketball since the 76ers’ fateful Game 7 loss to the Hawks in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

Since then, he’s been traded to Brooklyn, and with trade rumors swirling around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it remains to be seen what this roster will look like come opening night.

That, along with the time off, won’t make it easy for Simmons to regain his rhythm.

“I don’t know specifically what he has been through, mentally – that’s hard for me to comment on – but having that year off, having that time off, of competing and playing five-on-five basketball is going to be just as hard,” Curry said when asked about his teammate. “… Just taking some time and getting re-acclimated to playing high-level basketball, but he is a special talent, has all the skills. The Nets need him on the floor.”

 

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