Published: Sat, February 25, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Ben Simmons won't play for the Sixers this season

Ben Simmons won't play for the Sixers this season

- Ben Simmons, the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft will not be suiting up for the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

The No. 1 overall pick in last year's National Basketball Association draft, Simmons suffered a Jones fracture in his foot in the last preseason practice.

"We've always anticipated that there would be an opportunity for him to play, hopefully this season", Colangelo said via ESPN. 76ers' head coach Brett Brown said this week that he really wanted to see what Simmons could do before the end of this season, but that is just not going to be possible.

Simmons's situation is reminiscent of Joel Embiid's, who missed two seasons due to foot injuries.

When Bryan Colangelo stepped to the podium at the Sixers practice facility in Camden on Friday morning, the expectation was a press conference surrounding the moves made a day earlier at the NBA Trade Deadline.

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Simmons won't play again this season after doctors said his right foot, which was operated on a year ago, hasn't healed as quickly as expected.

Simmons underwent a CT scan Thursday.

"Unfortunately, Ben is going to sit out".

The Victorian was Philadelphia's first No.1 overall pick since Allen Iverson in 1996 and all set to play point-forward. "It's not the way you want to start your career, but it happens". Simmons suffered a broken foot back in training camp and has been sidelined since.

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