Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has recovered from a back injury that bothered him prior to the NBA season suspension and he will be fully ready for the season restart in Orlando. Simmons, who was the No. 1 selection of the 76ers in the 2017 NBA draft, was experiencing a back pain in March and his status for the NBA postseason was uncertain.
Since the season has been suspended since mid-March and the plan is to restart the league on July 30, Simmons has had had a lot of time to treat a back issue and work on his body. "I’m feeling better than I was at the start of the season,” Simmons said, per the AP.
“I’ve been working since I had the injury, working until now to be prepared for whatever happens and wherever we go. I’m feeling great and been rehabbing this whole time, so I’ve been feeling ready and I’m very comfortable."
Simmons, who leads the league in steals, missed eight straight games before the season was suspended on March 11 as back then he was receiving a treatment daily on for nerve issues in his lower back. "I’ll be ready to go,” Simmons said.
“I’m feeling good. I put on a lot more muscle. I’m ready to go and get rolling”.
Simmons aims for the main glory
The 76ers didn't play as good as some expected they would before the season was suspended as they are the sixth team in the Eastern Conference standings with a 39-26 record.
Simmons wasn't the only 76ers star that benefited from the extended break as the team's All Star center Joel Embiid also used the suspension to recover from few minor injuries. "We’ve beaten the best teams in the league,” Simmons said.
“We’re a young, healthy team right now. We’re looking forward to get this opportunity and go all the way”. Players have been given a choice whether they want or not to play in Orlando and Simmons says the players from his team are ready to play.
"I trust in the NBA and those older vets like ’Bron, like CP3, who are ready to go down there,” Simmons said. “This is our job. I don’t have any problems with people who want to sit out. Everybody’s personal stuff is different.
I want to get out there and play. I feel like it’s my responsibility to go down there and represent Philadelphia in the highest way possible. I think this is the right way to do it”.