Ben Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the last scrimmage of training camp this past Friday. This was a devastating development for a Sixers team poised to finally be fun again after years of rebuilding under former general manager Sam Hinkie. Simmons looked like a possible transcendent talent following summer league performances that had Philadelphia on the short list for League Pass darlings. His vision in the open court was astounding for someone his size and age, and even though he struggled to shoot the ball, if you talked to any Philly hoops fans, they were finally starting to sound happy again.
Alas, it wasn’t to be — at least not yet. But what was initially thought to be a three-month window for his return from the zone 2 fracture of the fifth metatarsal (more commonly referred to as a Jones fracture), might actually be the whole season.
Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News told 97.5’s Mike Missanelli that Simmons’ reps may keep him off the court for the full year.
“I just got off the phone with somebody who I really trust in the NBA, and he’s like, There’s no way his agent is going to let him play this year.’ That’s an injury that you don’t mess around with, and he thinks he’s going to keep him off his feet all year.”
Cooney also spoke to a doctor about the injury, who confirmed that might be the safest route.
Simmons is represented by Klutch Sports, who count LeBron James, Cory Joseph, Eric Bledsoe and others as clients, and it’s not surprising they’d want Simmons to just shut it down for the year when you take into account what the Sixers are now forecast to do in the East with Simmons on the sidelines for — at least — three months. Then there’s the history of the injury with other NBA players.