Now we have a better idea why Ben Simmons hasn’t played yet for the 76ers.
The first overall pick in last summer’s draft is scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as early as Monday to determine if his right foot is fully healed, according to multiple sources.
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.
Stop me if this sounds like Bynum’s knee which sounded like Joel Embiid’s foot, which had “less healing than anticipated” before he actually re-broke and needed surgery again and missed the entire 2015-2016 season.
A day after Simmons’ scan on January 23, the Sixers said…
Simmons had planned scan in NY yesterday. Recovery progressing as expected, still no timetable for return to play.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) January 24, 2017
As expected. It was expected to be a 2-3 month injury. The Sixers tweeted this in month four. One would expect that his foot would’ve been healed by then.
If Pompey’s report is accurate, the Sixers have a whole lot of explaining to do.
UPDATE: An even more unambiguous statement was on the Sixers’ website:
Just in case they scrub it, the Sixers' own website on Jan. 24th said Simmons scan was "clean" and he'd go about rehab "as planned" pic.twitter.com/318n4W1rRo
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) February 16, 2017