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It’s official: Ben Simmons will not play for the 76ers this season


It’s official: Ben Simmons will not play for the 76ers this season

Philadelphia 76ers fans displeased that the team shipped center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday’s trade deadline, while failing to find a new home for big man Jahlil Okafor despite months and months of rumors, got served another cup of cold coffee on Friday morning.

General manager Bryan Colangelo announced that Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, will not suit up for the Sixers this season, and will be shut down due to continued complications in his ongoing recovery from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot:

That update was followed by a report by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the purported “final” CT scan on Jan. 23 showed that Simmons’ injured right foot “was not fully healed,” with an inside portion of the bone not fully mended.

“We continue to monitor the recovery of Ben’s injury and are employing a conservative and thoughtful approach to his rehabilitative program, basing his return to full basketball activity on the advice and direction of medical professionals,” Colangelo said in a Feb. 17 statement. “His next CT scan is scheduled for February 23, after which our medical team will thoroughly review and evaluate his status moving forward. Ben’s long-term health remains our primary concern.”

That scan came Thursday, and the early reports suggested Sixers fans brace for bad news

After suffering his knee injury and missing three games, the Sixers allowed Embiid to take the court for a nationally televised game against the Houston Rockets, after which he has not yet returned to the floor, despite the team consistently reporting that he’d only miss a game or two at a time. Embiid, whom the Sixers now say is expected to miss their first four games after the All-Star break, said Thursday that he’s frustrated with how the team has handled the dissemination of information about his injury, according to Tom Moore of The Intelligencer:

“I was told I was going to kind of miss two or three weeks, so I wasn’t happy with the way it was handled,” Embiid said. “I thought keeping my name out there was going to literally have people think about me all the time instead of just saying when I was going to be back. So I’m happy that they did that today and said that I’m out for the next four games.”

Colangelo acknowledged Friday that he should have said Embiid was out “indefinitely” rather than list him as “day-to-day” after learning of the meniscus tear, but insisted that the 76ers haven’t been playing fast and loose with the truth when it comes to the health and well-being of their players.

“There was no effort to deceive fans, deceive the media,” he said. “Injuries are unpredictable.”

Nobody knows that better than Sixers fans, who will now work their way through another campaign in which one of the team’s highly touted imports — from Andrew Bynum, to Noel, to Embiid — fails to take the court during his expected first year with the club.