Ben Simmons to make Nets debut on Monday in preseason game vs. 76ers

Ben Simmons will make his Brooklyn Nets launching on Monday night in the group’s preseason video game versus his old group, the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons, naturally, was traded from the Sixers to the Nets last season in a smash hit offer that saw James Harden going the other method, however did not bet his brand-new group due to psychological health issues and later on a back injury.

In truth, Simmons did not dip into all last season. After a devastating end to the 2020-21 season, Simmons requested a trade and stated he would not report to training school. Nothing emerged, and when Simmons still declined to report the Sixers kept a part of his wage, which began a disagreement in between the 2 sides. 

Simmons ultimately went back to Philadelphia however was right away tossed out of practice and suspended for a video game. He then notified the group he was not psychologically all set to play. As trade talks continued with Simmons on the sidelines, his camp and the Sixers contested how the scenario was being dealt with. 

“I think it was like, you know, I’m already dealing with a lot mentally just in life, as a lot of people do,” Simmons stated on JJ Redick’s podcast previously this summertime. “But it got to a point where, after that series, I’m getting — it’s like from the people that you’re supposed to have the support from, or that comfort from. And I wasn’t getting that, either. So it was just a lot, it was a toll on me. And then mentally, I just — it killed me. I was like, f—, like no energy for anything. I was in a dark place. And it took me a long time. The first thing for me was really identifying, like, OK, I gotta get right. And it’s not a physical thing. It’s mentally.”

After his ultimate trade to the Nets, the idea was that he would be all set to play after a couple of weeks of increase. Instead, he suffered a herniated disc that needed an epidural and later surgical treatment in the offseason. Now one hundred percent, he’ll be intending to put the occasions of the previous 15 months behind him. Getting on the court once again, and doing so versus his previous group, will be excellent way to begin. 

In theory, the trio of Simmons, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving ought to be a great fit on the court. The latter will deal with the scoring and shooting, while Simmons will supply the playmaking, defense and shift expertise. Of course, there major are enigma about all 3 of them. But if they can stay healthy and put their troubled offseason behind them, they have the skill to make some genuine sound in the Eastern Conference. 

“I can’t wait, I’m so excited,” Simmons stated. “Got a new number, new jersey. I’m just looking forward to it. I think we have a special team. I think if we get it all together, we’re going to be the champions. So that’s the end goal.”

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