After a few seasons full of woes – both on the court and off it- the Philadelphia 76ers have something new to worry about: top pick Ben Simmons injured his right foot in practice. Reports are confirming the injury as a fracture in the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot.
The injury happened during team practice at Stockton University on Friday. The 76ers were playing a scrimmage when Ben Simmons injured himself, rolling his ankle and causing the fracture.
What’s the latest on Simmons’ condition?
An MRI and X-ray reviewed by team Head Physician Dr. Christopher Dodson and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jonathan Glashow confirmed the damage. The team has not given any timetable for Simmons’ return just yet, stating that, “Further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered at this time” and “additional updates will be provided when appropriate.”
Ben Simmons was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the coveted number 1 overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft. The forward played for Louisiana State University where last season he averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
“Bad luck” for the Sixers?
The Philadelphia 76ers and their fan base will no doubt be frustrated by this news, which is another stroke of bad luck in a long-running series of misfortunes, stretching back a few years. Center Joel Embiid, whom they picked up back in 2014, also suffered a foot injury which caused him to miss his whole rookie and sophomore seasons (an image that must be giving Philadelphia fans nightmares right about now with the news of Ben Simmons injured).
Also, despite the plethora of top draft picks they’ve had over the last couple of years, the Sixers suffered the longest losing streak in NBA history between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. They’ve finished with less than twenty wins in each of the last three seasons.
Fortunately, this kind of injury suffered by Ben Simmons usually takes six to eight weeks to heal, so unless further examination reveals unseen complications, he won’t miss the season as Embiid did. Rather, he will most likely miss just the start of the season, which tips off on Oct. 25. Until that time, Sixers fans will be keeping their fingers crossed. After all, they’ve already put their trust in the rebuilding process for this long.
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