“My opinion, and this is not confirmed yet, is that w…

“My opinion, and this is not confirmed yet, is that we are going to be able to inch him back into this,” Brown said. “Is he going to be 100%, I don’t expect that. But I think he is going to be available.” Brown has kept busy the last few months. When the NBA shut down, Brown put his staff to work. He searched for reasons why a team that was 29-2 at home could be a dreadful 10-24 on the road. Everything from travel schedules to hotels to team meetings were dissected. He studied the offense, which failed to click, especially in the half court. He studied the defense, which slipped into the middle of the pack after Christmas. “It was what did we do well and what didn’t we,” Brown said. “And let’s fix the stuff we didn’t.

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Keith Pompey: #Sixers GM Elton Brand is optimistic that Ben Simmons (back) will return if or when the season resumes. But Brand was asked if the PG would be ready if the playoffs were today: "It’s tough because of him not playing 3-on-3, 5-on-5 just to speculate there. But when I FaceTime him during his workouts, during his treatment and I see him, I’d be highly encouraged that his ramp up would be different. We took our time. We’ve been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab just to make sure, because we weren’t in a rush. It’s hard to speculate, but he’s been working hard, and I know he’d be closer or ready."
Keith Pompey: #Sixers GM Elton Brand: "Ben and others have been given permission to use our facility. It is essential that they can get the proper equipment to work out and rehab. So that’s where he’s been. He’s been doing that ever since the first week. We were able to get him access there."
The last official update on Simmons was on March 11, when Philadelphia released a statement announcing he would be "reevaluated in three weeks." But multiple team sources confirmed the original plan was always to bring Simmons back for the postseason and, depending on his comfort level, work him back in for a "handful" of regular-season games.
The nerve impingement diagnosis lacks clarity because the cause of the impingement is a critical factor in Simmons’ recovery. That detail has not been released, so we’re a bit in the dark. (The Sixers have yet to release an official statement on Simmons’ injury, but a team representative confirmed to The Athletic it is “nerve impingement in the lower back.”) What we do know is Simmons was dealing with back issues before Saturday’s game. According to the team, Simmons initially felt discomfort last Wednesday, during the first practice following the All-Star break. He received treatment following that practice, and again on Thursday as he still experienced pain. He then missed last Thursday’s game against Brooklyn with “lower back tightness.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: After lower back injury on Saturday, Ben Simmons underwent initial evaluation in Philadelphia today and will undergo further testing tomorrow, league sources tell ESPN. He will be out for Monday's game vs. Atlanta.
Jon Johnson: Per team spokesperson, Ben Simmons will undergo further testing on back today. An update will follow soon after. Simmons initially suffered the injury going up for a rebound at practice on Wednesday.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Philadelphia's Ben Simmons will undergo an MRI on his lower back on Sunday, league source tells ESPN. He was definitely in some pain tonight after game vs. Bucks.
There is some level of concern surrounding the possible nature of the injury, league sources tell ESPN. A clearer picture is expected after testing on Sunday in Philadelphia.
Jon Johnson: Shake Milton probable tonight. Trey Burke questionable(left calf). No word yet on Ben Simmons.
Jon Johnson: Ben Simmons questionable for tomorrow night. Al Horford out-planned. Shake Milton-doubtful.
Ben Simmons didn’t give a timeline for his return. The 76ers point guard, who is sidelined with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, deferred the return question to the team’s public relations department. “I’m going to make sure I’m 100 percent before I come back, though,” Simmons said Friday night.
Keith Pompey: #Sixers’ PG Ben Simmons’ status for tonight’s game has been downgraded to out with lower-back tightness. It’s just a precautionary measure by the #Sixers. He wound be available to play if this was a regular-season game.
Serena Winters: Ben Simmons & James Ennis III both practiced today. Per Sixers, their status for Friday’s game will be determined after tomorrow’s practice. If everyone is healthy, Brett Brown says Friday’s game will be like a dress rehearsal (in terms of mins) for the season opener Tuesday!
Serena Winters: Ben Simmons will not play tonight (gastroenteritis). TJ McConnell will start in his place. #Sixers
Kyle Neubeck: Ben Simmons and Mike Scott are both expected to play tonight, per Brown, after missing practice yesterday
Jon Johnson: Ben Simmons sprained his ankle in the first quarter. Played through it. Is now in a bucket of ice.
Serena Winters: Ben Simmons (lower back tightness) will not play tonight. Brett Brown says he’s still figuring out the starting lineup.
Sarah Todd: #Sixers did not provide an update on Ben Simmons today (an off-day for the team). A full update is expected Monday following practice.
Ben Simmons is questionable for Tuesday night’s Sixers game against the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena because of gastroenteritis. The point guard did not attend Tuesday’s morning shootaround. Fellow rookie Markelle Fultz would “probably” start if Simmons is unable to play, coach Brett Brown said.
Keith Pompey: Ben Simmons (ankle) received treatment this morning and will receive more tomorrow morning. He will then see how his ankle feels during the pregame walkthrough before his status is determined vs. the #Washington #Wizards. #Sixers won’t shootaround in the morning.
Jessica Camerato: Ben Simmons is questionable (50%) tonight against the Cavs. He's taking free throws after shootaround. pic.twitter.com/mD8ez9dHuX
However, Brown was tight-lipped on confirming the Monday return of Louisiana State University product Simmons. “I don’t even want to make a reckless guess,” Brown said. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be a collaborative thing, with the end game being take care of him because we’ve got a long season.”
According to the Sixers, Simmons’ injury occurred at the 6-minute, 22-second mark of the fourth quarter against Portland when he put up a shot after backing down Evan Turner. The injury does not seem serious, no X-rays were taken, and Simmons is expected to return to game play when the swelling has subsided and the range of motion in his elbow has returned.
Brian Seltzer: Colangelo confirms that at present, Ben Simmons is "playing 5-on-5 basketball, and dominating the gym." Tom Moore: B Colangelo: 'I don't foresee any restrictions with Ben.'
At a Sixers event Thursday, Ben Simmons said he's healthy and excited to finally play NBA ball after a fractured right foot kept him out of his rookie season. "I've been playing pickup the last few days and it's been really good," he told reporters. "I'm feeling great and I'm just ready to get out there."
"Physically I feel really good, [I am] ready to play and get the season started," Ben Simmons said. "I've just got to go out and work hard ... and if everyone in the team does the same thing, I think we can do great things. Our goal is to get there [the playoffs] and win. We don't doubt each other, as long as we work hard we might [be able to].”
In the wake of Ben Simmons dominating a pickup game Monday night in his native Australia, some folks wondered if the 76ers had told Simmons he could participate in such a contest beforehand. An NBA source said Tuesday that Simmons "has been cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time." Simmons, who missed his NBA rookie season due to a fractured right foot, scored 34 points Monday, including 17 in the fourth quarter.
In the wake of Ben Simmons dominating a pickup game Monday night in his native Australia, some folks wondered if the 76ers had told Simmons he could participate in such a contest beforehand. An NBA source said Tuesday that Simmons "has been cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time." Simmons, who missed his NBA rookie season due to a fractured right foot, scored 34 points Monday, including 17 in the first quarter.
The 76ers wonder: "What if?" What if, after establishing himself as one of the NBA's elite big men, Joel Embiid hadn't suffered a season-ending meniscus tear in his left knee? "A lot of us talk about it all the time," T.J. McConnell said. "Not only Joel, but Ben [Simmons]. If we had everyone that was supposed to play, I don't think the game on Wednesday [against the New York Knicks] would be our last game of the year."
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As NBA teams get situated in the Orlando bubble, one question that has persisted since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is not only what happens if a player tests positive for the virus but also what lingering effects might follow. “There are unknown effects it has on lung capacity, unknown effects it has on cardiac health,” said one NBA general manager of a team entering the bubble, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “What if a 24-year-old catches it in Orlando and, in 14 days, he quarantines and is fine, but then he has these everlasting heart problems? [Or he] gets winded so easily, or he becomes a little bit too susceptible to fatigue. …These are all the unknowns.”
Each case will be handled based on its own needs, but John DiFiori, the NBA’s Director of Sports Medicine, told ESPN that the timeline for any player to return from a confirmed positive case is at least two weeks. “Everyone needs to understand that if someone were to test positive, it’s quite likely that they won’t return to the court for a minimum of two weeks — minimum,” said DiFiori, who is also the Chief of Primary Sports Medicine and attending physician at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery. “It may be even a little longer than that, depending on the individual circumstances, and then you need some time to get reconditioned.”
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Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot and killed by Louisville police executing a search warrant on March 13. Nearly four months later, the three police officers involved in Taylor’s death haven’t been arrested. Athletes across the country have been calling for justice for Taylor, including Warriors superstar Steph Curry. On Friday, while playing in the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Curry wore special shoes that honored the memory of Taylor.
Curry was asked about his tribute to Taylor during NBCSN’s broadcast. “Obviously not to forget to Breonna Taylor in terms of finding justice for her,” Curry said. “As life goes on, we’re all using our platform to shed light on the injustices going on and I wanted to use this opportunity to celebrate her life and try to continue the impact everyone is trying to have in terms of continuing this meaningful conversation of how we make change for ourselves, the next generation and our kids.”

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Woodson, 62, the former Knicks head coach, is among several candidates who’ve met with team brass via video conference. Woodson, like frontrunner Tom Thibodeau, has a connection to team president Leon Rose and top Knicks executive William Wesley because they represented him at CAA as agents. It’s possible that Woodson, who owns the highest winning percentage of a Knicks coach since Jeff Van Gundy, is hired as an assistant if he’s bypassed for the top job.
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