Ben Simmons Out for Rest of Season with Back Problems

The Brooklyn Nets announced Thursday that Ben Simmons will miss the remainder of the NBA season due to ongoing back issues. Simmons, a three-time All-Star, has been dealing with back discomfort, which has caused him to miss a significant portion of the season. The team stated that Simmons will consult with specialists and explore treatment options to address the pinched nerve in his lower back.

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Simmons has struggled with injuries throughout his time with the Nets, only appearing in 15 of 62 games this season. His physical health issues have persisted since he was traded to Brooklyn from the Philadelphia 76ers in February 2022. Despite efforts to address his back problems without surgery, Simmons has not been able to maintain sustained health.

Simmons' 27-year-old guard agent Bernie Lee has taken responsibility for Simmons' persistent back problems, recognizing the need to find non-surgical options to address the problem. Simmons' absence from the court has been a setback for the Nets, who have struggled for consistency this season.

With Simmons out for the remainder of the season, the Nets will continue to navigate their playoff aspirations without his on-court contributions. Despite his challenges, the team remains focused on exploring treatment options that give Simmons the best chance for long-term sustainable health.