The hype train behind first overall draft pick Ben Simmons was so strong that even a potentially season ending injury before the season even started wasn’t enough to derail it.
Simmons suffered a foot injury last month during practice. Initially, reports indicated that Simmons agent wanted Simmons to get the Joel Embiid treatment and sit out for an entire season. League sources at the time said that it would be at least three months until Simmons could return to practice. But Sixers head coach Brett Brown recently revealed that Simmons should be game ready in January.
“It’s not doom and gloom,” Brown told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer when asked when asked how his team is adjusting to its various injuries at the moment. “Ben is coming back in January. We are still trying to find information on Jerryd [Bayless]. Jahlil [Okafor] is still trying to touch the court in his first preseason game.”
Simmons suffered a Jones fracture on September 30th, the team’s last day of training camp. Bayless and Okafor are both suffering from sore wrists and knees, respectively, and should be ready to return shortly.