Philidelphia (USA), Jul 1.- The Philadelphia Sixers prepare their set-up for the restart of the regular season, which will take place later this month in the ‘bubble’ of Orlando (Florida), and the Australian point guard Ben Simmons will be one of his strongholds after having fully recovered from his back.
The same situation is experienced by the Cameroonian star pivot Joel Embiid, who has found the best physical shape since he came to the NBA.
At least that was what the Sixers coach, Brett Brown, reported this Wednesday during a conference call he had with journalists.
“Ben (Simmons) is 100 percent recovered from his back,” said Brown. “He is ready to return to be a decisive player within our team after great work he has done during this time when there was no competition.”
Brown acknowledged that one of the few things the coronavirus pandemic-forced halt has left has been to allow Simmons enough time to fully recover from the physical problems he has dragged down in recent months.
Simmons hasn’t played an NBA game since Feb. 22 when he suffered a back injury early in the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks.
However, after months of speculation, it seems the Sixers can hope to have Simmons available when they resume their season on August 1 against the Indiana Pacers.
In addition to Simmons’ positive health report, Brown said that none of the Sixers have tested positive for the coronavirus and none have chosen not to go with the team to Orlando to restart the regular season.
Brown was also very pleased with the way Embiid, 26, the Sixers’ second franchise player is.
“Let’s start with the respect and congratulations I give him for spending time. There is no one on our team who has spent more time working than Joel Embiid,” said Brown.
“Forget for a minute what you’ve done in the gym, just all your responsible commitment for months makes me proud and have my respect because you understood how important you are to the Sixers.
Brown reported that the team has a plan to increase Embiid activity in the next three weeks and is convinced that fans of the team will see their best version in Orlando.