- Ben Simmons has not played a game for the Brooklyn Nets this season
- He has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the year and the play-in round
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Ben Simmons has yet to see the court this season.
The former first round pick was traded midseason to the Brooklyn Nets after outgrowing his relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers. It was believed that he might be able to return to the floor for the conclusion of the regular season, but that debate has now been settled.
Nets’ head coach Steve Nash officially ruled Simmons out for the remainder of the regular season and for the play-in round of the NBA Playoffs. Brooklyn is locked into a play-in contest as they currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Ben Simmons has been ruled out for the rest of regular season and the play-in tournament, Nets coach Steve Nash announced. pic.twitter.com/68vPahK9TQ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 4, 2022
It was speculated that the team might be able to get the forward back in time for the start of the postseason, but it looks like that won’t happen.
Now, Brooklyn will be without star power as they play to keep their season alive, a season that began with championship aspirations.
With Simmons’s hiatus being extended, basketball fans have taken to social media to post reactions.
NBA Reacts To Latest Ben Simmons News
Most around the NBA are not shocked by this announcement. While there was hope of a return, I don’t think fans will believe the reports until they actually see the forward on the court.
That hasn’t happened since June of 2021.
BREAKING: Ben Simmons is expected to be out through the play-in tournament, via ESPN.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 4, 2022
Nets: Ben, do you want to play some regular season games to get warmed up for the playoffs?
Ben Simmons: pic.twitter.com/87Chp1igXi
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) April 4, 2022
no one: hey ben could you
ben simmons: pic.twitter.com/A5FXcsBCr4
— I Think You Should League Pass (@nbaleave) April 4, 2022
Nash: "Ben we really need you, when can you come back?"
Ben Simmons: pic.twitter.com/No3CBAxyU4
— LaRatata (@ThadCapper) April 4, 2022
Ben Simmons did more at practice today, but is still far from playing. Nash ruled him out for the rest of the regular season and the play-in.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) April 4, 2022
At least his contributions to both the Sixers and Nets are consistent. https://t.co/OZVCEXCVif
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) April 4, 2022
ben simmons when it’s time to pick which sweater to wear on the bench pic.twitter.com/TojjU9z3dK
— Emerson Lotzia, Jr. (@EmersonLotzia) April 4, 2022
— Mr Matthew CFB 🇺🇦 (@MrMatthewCFB) April 4, 2022
If the Nets are able to advance past the play-in round, hopefully Simmons will be able to join them in their postseason efforts.