Ben Simmons announced Tuesday in a video on Uninterrupted that he’s healthy to play basketball.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) April 12, 2017
“Obviously, I had my scan today,” Simmons said. “Green check. We live.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the court. I’m looking forward to having a big season with the Sixers.”
He has been cleared to participate in full-contact drills, meaning he can participate in 5-on-5 drills. Simmons had been doing 5-on-0 scripting with teammates. However, the Sixers still intend to take a conservative approach to his progression to full basketball activity. ESPN is reporting that he’s not expected to play in summer league.
But this is still great news for Simmons and the Sixers organization.
The first-overall pick in the 2016 NBA missed the entire season after suffering a Jones fracture in his right on Sept. 30, the final day of training camp.
He was expected to return in January and then in late February. However, the inside portion of the bone wasn’t fully healed. So the team announced on Feb. 24 that Simmons would not play this season. Three days later, he had bone marrow injected into an unhealed area as a way to "stimulate bone growth and accelerate healing."
But Simmons received the “green check” on Tuesday.
“I’m really appreciative of everyone around me supporting me, my fans, family, of course friends, the Sixers, the Sixers staff, especially,” Simmons said in the video. “They did a great job of making sure I was safety first, and making sure I was good.”
The Sixers intend to play the 6-foot-10, 250-pounder at point guard next season. The team concludes the season Wednesday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.