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Brooklyn Nets security guard Ben Simmons is undergoing surgery on Thursday to address a hernia in his back. announced†
“After consulting with multiple back specialists, it has been determined that the best course of action for Ben’s long-term health is for him to undergo surgery,” the team’s announcement said, adding that the procedure will be a microdiscectomy.
Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported that Simmons is expected to make a full recovery within three to four months, with the Nets star expected to be ready “well before” training camp.
Wojnarowski reported on April 25 that Simmons and his agent, Rich Paul, met with Nets general manager Sean Marks and team leaders to “discuss how they will continue to overcome the physical and mental hurdles” before returning to court.
The Nets had ruled him out for Game 4 that night against the Boston Celtics, which Brooklyn lost to end the year by a home floor sweep.
Simmons’ 2021-22 season will go down in history as one of the most scrutinized years for a star NBA player in recent memory. He asked to be traded from the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the season, but when no deal came through, he dropped out of the team, saying he needed time to address his mental health.
On the February trade deadline, the 25-year-old’s wish was granted when the Sixers shipped him to Brooklyn as part of the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden to Philadelphia.
As Simmons was preparing to return to the field, he suffered a back injury that derailed all plans of his to play during the regular season.
There was speculation that the Australian might take the floor at some point during the postseason, but he was apparently not ready physically or mentally.