Rookie Sim­mons likely needs surgery on right foot

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

PHILADEL­PHIA >> No. 1 over­all pick Ben Sim­mons will likely need surgery for a bro­ken bone in his right foot.

Philadel­phia 76ers pres­i­dent Bryan Colan­gelo on Sun­day said no de­ci­sion had been made and there was no timetable for how long Sim­mons would be out of ac­tion.

Sim­mons frac­tured the fifth metatarsal bone dur­ing the 76ers’ fi­nal train­ing camp scrim­mage on Fri­day.

Sim­mons’ in­jury is the lat­est blow to a fran­chise that has been be­set in re­cent years by in­juries to draft lottery picks and has los­ing streaks of 26 and 28 games over the last three sea­sons.

“It’s likely that he’s go­ing to re­quire surgery,” Colan­gelo said. “That de­ter­mi­na­tion has not been made with 100 per­cent cer­tainty, but it’s likely. That’s my best read on this so far.”

Ner­lens Noel missed a sea­son with a torn ACL and Joel Em­biid sat out the last two sea­sons with foot in­juries. The Six­ers will con­tinue to use a cau­tious ap­proach with Sim­mons.

Colan­gelo said there was “no way” Sim­mons would be rushed back. He could miss months with this type of in­jury.

“I feel very badly for Ben to be in a sit­u­a­tion to start his ca­reer this way. But this is an in­jury that he should come back from and have a very suc­cess­ful and long ca­reer,” Colan­gelo said.

Sim­mons, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Aus­tralian for­ward out of LSU, was sched­uled to start for the Six­ers in their pre­sea­son opener Tues­day against Bos­ton. Sim­mons was Philadel­phia’s first No. 1 pick since they drafted Allen Iver­son in 1996.

KIM RAFF — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ben Sim­mons drib­bles down­court dur­ing an NBA Sum­mer League game in Salt Lake City.

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