Brooklyn Nets announce Ben Simmons will undergo back surgery, a week after the team’s exit from the NBA finals

Ben Simmons will have surgery to alleviate pain in his back caused by a herniated disc, the Brooklyn Nets have confirmed.

The procedure will be done on Thursday, US time. The Nets said the surgery was decided upon after consultation with multiple back specialists.

Simmons sat out the entire 2021/2022 season. The number one pick in the 2016 NBA draft didn’t play at previous team Philadelphia after requesting a trade, citing mental health concerns.

After he was dealt to Brooklyn in February in a deal for James Harden, he was bothered by the back while trying to rebuild his conditioning. 

The Nets originally said he had back spasms but later said the problem was a herniated disc.

Simmons eventually resumed workouts and hoped to make his debut during the playoffs.

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