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Nets’ Ben Simmons undergoing back surgery, reportedly to recover in 3-4 months

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 10: Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 10, 2022 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Ben Simmons reportedly told the Nets a mental block was creating stress that could trigger his back issues.

Also: Simmons will undergo back surgery.


Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Simmons has missed target after target after target. I wouldn’t assume he’ll return in just 3-4 months or even by training camp. His issues are clearly complex.

This surgery could support Simmons’ grievance against the 76ers. His mental-health issues might have made the 76ers wrong for fining him, though that’s a complicated issue. But if he were physically unable to play, how could just they justify fining him for not playing? Of course, it’ll depend when and how severely Simmons’ back issues flared up and what he can prove about the timing. He first cited back pain in Philadelphia, but the problem re-emerged in Brooklyn.

A confounding question: If Simmons needs this surgery, how the heck did he and the Nets initially plan on him returning in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Celtics?

Hopefully, this surgery solves all Simmons’ problems. But for now, it’s just another mysterious turn in a long saga.