Ben Simmons and I are finally discussing practice.
Simmons hasn’t played for the Nets since being acquired from the 76ers in February due to a back injury. Still, according to ESPN, he is expected to join his teammates in practice this week, leaving the door open for him to play in the Celtics’ first-round playoff series.
According to Post beat writer Brian Lewis, Simmons was hoisting shots when reporters attended practice on Saturday for media access. Simmons turned around and shouted, “Make sure you get this,” before dunking.
The first game of the series will be played in Boston on Sunday.
According to Nets coach Steve Nash, Simmons hasn’t done anything yet, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the three-time All-Star has been “running and shooting without back pain for over a week.”
Following a holdout with the Sixers, Simmons was acquired in the James Harden blockbuster and had an epidural shot in March to treat a bulging disk in his lower back.
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The 25-year-old hasn’t played in a game since the Eastern Conference finals last June, despite being a three-time All-Star and two-time All-Defensive first-team selection. He wanted to get out of Philly and later sat out due to mental health difficulties.