Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has admitted that rookie Ben Simmons is likely to go under the knife after fracturing the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.
Simmons, who was picked first by the Sixers in this year’s NBA draft, suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle after stepping on the foot of Shawn Long during his team’s final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey.
Should Simmons undergo surgery, it is understood that he could be out of action for up to three months, which would be a major blow for the Sixers as the 2016/17 NBA season gets underway later this month.
“Nothing has been determined as of yet with regard to surgery or a timeline or anything of the sort,” Colangelo said. “It’s likely that he’s going to require surgery.
“That determination has not been made with 100 percent certainty, but it’s likely. That’s my best read on this so far. Once there is a conclusion to the process, I’m sure the doctors that are involved will term everything and define it for us and have some idea of what your normal course of recovery would be.
“I don’t want to get into specific definitions not having the medical expertise. I’ve heard a lot of opinion over the last several days. I’d suffice it to say he broke his fifth metatarsal and how that’s termed or coined I’ll leave for the experts.”
Colangelo also made it clear that they will not rush Simmons back from injury as the last thing they want is for him to aggravate it and have to spend more time on the sidelines.
“In no way, shape or form are we going to rush him back,” Colangelo said. “This is a process that we will go through the same way we’ve handled other injury situations in the past. … We’re going to let the medical professionals dictate the course of action in terms of both rehabilitation, recovery and return to action.”