Ben Simmons excited Brooklyn Nets fans when the team made a blockbuster deal to acquire him. Brooklyn sent James Harden to Philadelphia at the trade deadline to add Ben for their playoff push. Simmons hasn’t seen the floor for either team all season.

After arriving in Brooklyn, Ben Simmons began complaining of back problems. Head coach Steve Nash hoped to have Simmons available before the end of the regular season. That will now depend on how Ben responds to a procedure to alleviate the back pain.

The Associated Press reported that Ben Simmons received an epidural earlier this week. The Nets hope the shot will relieve his pain so he can play sometime this season. Steve Nash said the goal was to relieve some irritation and help Simmons recover faster.

Ben Simmons’ back problems started as he attempted to get into game shape. Simmons sat out the entire season in Philadelphia because he did not trust the team’s medical staff. The lack of practice meant Ben would have to build himself back up to be ready to play.

The back problem has halted plans for a Ben Simmons debut with the Brooklyn Nets. Steve Nash wants him to play in the worst way. It will all depend on how Simmons responds to the epidural.

Brooklyn could use any help they can get. The Nets are barely clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks are nipping at their heels. Ben Simmons’ response to treatment for his back could be a make-or-break situation for Brooklyn as the playoffs quickly approach.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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