Sim­mons un­der­goes surgery on bro­ken foot

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE Philadel­phia 76ers an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 4 that num­ber-one draft pick Ben Sim­mons has un­der­gone surgery to re­pair a frac­tured metatarsal and is ex­pected to miss the start of the new NBA sea­son.

Sim­mons, cho­sen first in the draft, suf­fered the frac­ture in his right foot on Septem­ber 30 af­ter land­ing awk­wardly on the foot of a team-mate.

The Aus­tralian 20-year-old was op­er­ated on by top foot sur­geon Martin O’Mal­ley in New York, with early re­sults re­ported to be en­cour­ag­ing, the 76ers said.

“Our sports per­for­mance and med­i­cal staff was de­briefed by Dr O’Mal­ley fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dure, and we were en­cour­aged by the pos­i­tive feed­back,” said 76ers di­rec­tor of per­for­mance re­search and de­vel­op­ment David T Martin.

“Mov­ing for­ward, a com­pre­hen­sive re­turn to court pro­gram will be im­ple­mented for Ben, and we will closely mon­i­tor his progress through­out the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process.”

Sim­mons is the 76ers’ first top over­all pick since Allen Iver­son in 1996. The play­maker from Mel­bourne is also the third Aus­tralian-born player to be cho­sen as the num­ber-one pick in the draft, join­ing Kyrie Irv­ing (2011) and An­drew Bogut (2005).

Sim­mons is the Sixers’ fourth­straight first-round ac­qui­si­tion to be side­lined by in­jury in his rookie sea­son.

Ner­lens Noel, taken in the 2013 draft, missed his first year with a torn knee lig­a­ment.

Joel Em­biid, the third over­all pick in 2014, has yet to play af­ter surg­eries to re­pair an in­jury to the nav­ic­u­lar bone in his right foot. –

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