Ben Simmons of Nets Has Second Back Surgery

Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons underwent a successful microscopic partial discectomy to alleviate the nerve impingement in his lower back, with expectations of a full recovery in time for next season’s training camp.
‣ Simmons has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2023-24 season to explore treatment options for his injury, after appearing in only 15 games this season due to the back issue.
‣ Despite playing in just 57 games for the Nets, Ben Simmons has earned $103.3 million, averaging $1.82 million per game played, and will enter the final season of his five-year, $177.2 million deal in 2024-25.

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So, guess what happened with Ben Simmons? The Brooklyn Nets guard just had a microscopic partial discectomy. Yeah, it’s to fix that nerve issue in his lower back.

And guess what? The surgery went well. The Nets are saying he’ll be back on his feet and ready for training camp next season.

But here’s the kicker: they’ve already ruled him out for the rest of this season. They wanted him to get all the help he could, consulting with specialists and all that jazz, to figure out the best treatment.

There was this tweet from the Nets, right? It was all, “Ben Simmons Medical Update: Brooklyn Nets guard/forward Ben Simmons underwent a successful microscopic partial discectomy earlier today…” And it was performed by Dr. Timur Urakov, with Dr. Barth Green consulting. All very official.

So, Ben and his team, along with the Nets’ medical squad, were on a mission. They were all about finding the best way to keep him healthy in the long run.

The guy’s only played 15 games this season, starting 12 of them. And because of his back? He missed a whopping 38 games straight. The Nets had him listed as day-to-day, but man, it was a long day-to-day.

Now, here’s a fun fact: Ben Simmons has raked in $103.3 million from the Nets. And that’s just from playing 57 games.

This season’s been rough for him, hitting career lows across the board. We’re talking 6.1 points, 5.7 assists, and just under 24 minutes each game. Although, his field goal percentage was the best it’s ever been.

Next season’s the last on his current contract, a five-year deal worth $177.2 million. He signed it back with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019. And the dude’s still got $40.3 million coming his way next season.

But here’s a bit of trivia: Simmons hasn’t played over 70 games in a season since the 2018-19 season with the Sixers. Last season, he managed 42 games before a similar back issue benched him.

Since joining the Nets, thanks to the Harden trade, he’s played in just 57 out of a possible 190 games. And by mid-April, he’ll have missed 67 games this season alone.

Despite all this, the man has made $103.3 million with the Nets. That breaks down to about $1.82 million for every game he’s played. Crazy, right?

James Shotwell
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