The Sixers have found themselves surrounded by a spiderweb of their own mistakes over the past few weeks, with GM Bryan Colangelo surrendering a lot of the goodwill earned by the team’s hot stretch in January. Today’s latest news might explain why Ben Simmons hasn’t seemed all that close to making his debut.
According to the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey, Simmons’ foot may not have been fully healed when he went for his foot scan in late January:
Sources said that a foot scan on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed.
Simmons suffered a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Sept. 30, the final day of training camp. The January doctor’s visit revealed an inside portion of the bone wasn’t fully mended, according to sources.
Sources said back in October that injury would only sideline him about three months, in which case he would have returned around January.
A source reiterated that Simmons’ foot not being fully healed isn’t a result of the on-court drills in which he participates. However, the Sixers have held him out of participating in five-on-five scrimmages for fear of further injuring the foot.
Simmons being behind schedule with his recovery is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. It would have been a bummer, but there was no need to rush him back this season, so a setback â?? or slower healing than expected â?? is not necessarily dire news.
Where the Sixers run into a problem is, once again, misleading the public. Prior to the scan taking place, Bryan Colangelo claimed it would be his final scan:
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