Within hours of his scheduled season debut, Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons reported that his back pain had returned on Sunday, sources told ESPN, and have been ruled out for Monday’s game 4 against the Boston Celtics.
After about 10 days of pain-free ramp up after recovery from a herniated disc, Simmons’ admission to the team training facility was met with surprise and disappointment. On the verge of a sweep to the Celtics, the Nets had hoped Simmons would be in uniform and active with the hope that coach Steve Nash would use him for a limited number of minutes, sources said.
While Nash and Nets players had publicly stated that they were unsure whether Simmons would finally play in Game 4 on Monday, Simmons and the organization had discussed in detail a plan for his debut to come on Monday in Game 4 at the Barclays Center , said sources. .
Although Simmons had not been able to team up with the Nets starters, there was still some hope that his presence on the field could provide some help to a fluttering team – and allow Simmons to return to an NBA. match for the first time. A meltdown against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers set in motion turbulent 10 months of trade requests, mental health issues and back problems.
Simmons, 25, is a triple All-Star and will have three years and $ 114 million left on his contract from next season.