Sim­mons lat­est to join front­court ca­su­alty list

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Stop me if you’ve heard this be­fore: The Philadel­phia 76ers are wait­ing with bated breath on a top draft pick with … wait for it … a foot in­jury.

Ben Sim­mons left prac­tice Fri­day af­ter­noon at Stock­ton Univer­sity af­ter rolling his an­kle in a team scrim­mage, then was later re­vealed to have a frac­ture in his foot.

The No. 1 over­all draft pick’s an­kle in­jury ne­ces­si­tated an xray and MRI that re­vealed a frac­ture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Six­ers’ team doc­tors, who con­sulted on the x-ray, didn’t pro­vide a time­line in a team state­ment, say­ing only that “fur­ther med­i­cal eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered.”

Sim­mons’ in­jury harkens to the Six­ers’ dis­turb­ing re­cent rash of drafted big men with leg in­juries. Ner­lens Noel, the No. 6 over­all pick in the 2013 draft, missed the 2013-14 sea­son with a torn ACL suf­fered dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer at the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky. Joel Em­biid, the No. 3 over­all pick in the 2014 Draft, has yet to play in an NBA game af­ter a re­cur­ring foot frac­ture (though to a dif­fer­ent bone, the nav­ic­u­lar bone).

With Em­biid re­sum­ing basketball ac­tiv­i­ties late last sea­son and ready for game ac­tion this fall and Dario Saric in the fold, hopes are high that the pits of the Six­ers re­build that has yielded 47 to­tal wins the last three years are a thing of the past. Sim­mons’ in­jury puts a damper on the op­ti­mism for the time be­ing. — Times Staff

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Top draft pick Ben Sim­mons, shown com­pet­ing in NBA Sum­mer League ac­tion, broke a bone in his right foot Fri­day dur­ing the 76ers’ fi­nal train­ing camp scrim­mage at Stock­ton Univer­sity.

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