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Brooklyn Nets’ Ben Simmons Recovering After Successful Back Surgery

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Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery on Thursday to address a nerve impingement in his lower back, as confirmed by the team.

The Nets expect Simmons to fully recover in time for next season’s training camp, ensuring his return to peak physical condition.

Despite being the former No. 1 pick and a recipient of the Rookie of the Year award, Simmons endured a challenging season, posting career-low averages of 6.1 points in 23.9 minutes per game across just 15 appearances.

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This marks Simmons’ second back surgery since joining the Nets two years ago. Previously, he underwent microdiscectomy surgery for a herniated L-4 disk in May 2022, sidelining him for the entire season.

Last season, Simmons faced further setbacks due to knee injuries and ongoing back issues, limiting him to 42 games.

Dr. Timur Urakov performed the recent microscopic partial discectomy at UHealth Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Florida.

Speculation about surgery arose last week following comments from Simmons’ agent, Bernie Lee, who highlighted the persistent nature of Simmons’ injury and the pursuit of a permanent solution.

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The decision to opt for surgery came shortly after, prompting the Nets to announce Simmons’ absence for the remainder of the season.

Interim head coach Kevin Ollie expressed understanding and support for Simmons, acknowledging the challenges he faces on his road to recovery.

Simmons is under contract with the Nets for one more season, owing to the five-year deal he signed with Philadelphia in 2019. The Nets are committed to paying him $40.3 million for the upcoming season.

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