2/27/22, 6:17 PM


We definitely aren’t qualified to tell you if the Ben Simmons back soreness is real or fake news. But, it’s more than a little suspicious because:

(1) Timing. March 10 has the Nets at Sixers highlighted on the calendar of every NBA fan. Philly fans are harsh, and Simmons has a giant bullseye on his back. Easy to see why he might not want to debut there.

(2) He’s been off all season. We can’t imagine that he’s been doing anything but training and resting over the last 8 months, and we’d therefore think that his body is feeling as good as it ever has.

Maybe the ramp up in contact practices since he joined Brooklyn have caused some issues, but it would definitely not be the most likely outcome here. Either way, we will see Simmons soon. Durant is on the mend, and we’d forecast March 15 against the Magic as the release date for the full new edition Nets. That gives them a month to figure out how to mesh together. So curious to see if Simmons fixed his jumper since we last saw him.

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