Ben Simmons ruled out for rest of season

Ben Simmons was selected by the Sixers with the first overall draft pick last June.

Matt Medley

Matt Medley covers Ohio State basketball for AmicoHoops and various local sports for other outlets around Northeast Ohio.

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Sixers rookie Ben Simmons received some bad news on his latest CT Scan, which showed “there is not full healing” in the fractured bone in his right foot.

General manager Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday Simmons will be out for the remainder of the season.

Colangelo told reporters his team “will talk about” Simmons playing in the Summer League, but even that looks like a question mark at this point.

It’s another bump in the road for the Sixers, who also are dealing with Joel Embiid’s knee injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least the next four games.

If nothing else, this latest news assures Philadelphia’s most likely route the rest of the season will be to continue to “trust the process,” in what many analysts feel is a deep draft class.

Before Embiid’s latest injury, Philadelphia was climbing its way up into the race for the eighth seed and had the hope of Simmons’ return to make for a playoff push.

However, Embiid proved what he’s capable of after missing his first two seasons. Adding Simmons and another lottery draft pick next season has the potential to spark a quick turnaround in Philadelphia. Potential is the key word and it’s understandable why fans in Philly would be skeptical of Embiid or Simmons staying healthy, when the track record speaks for itself.

Sixers fans are probably tired of hearing it, but patience could pay off in the long run.

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Matt Medley

Matt Medley covers Ohio State basketball for AmicoHoops and various local sports for other outlets around Northeast Ohio.

Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter.

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