NBA: Nets’ Ben Simmons diagnosed with nerve impingement in back
Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons was diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his back on Friday, and the team provided no timetable for his return.
Simmons, 26, has not played since the All-Star break, missing the past 15 games with what was initially dubbed left knee soreness and back soreness.
The Nets said the nerve impingement was diagnosed after a reevaluation.
“He will remain out of action while we determine the best long-term course of treatment,” the Nets said in a statement.
Simmons has played in just 42 games this season amid multiple nagging injuries. When the Philadelphia 76ers traded Simmons to the Nets in February 2022, a back issue prevented him from making his team debut for the remainder of the season.
When on the court, Simmons has averaged 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. In 317 career games (308 starts) with the 76ers and Nets, he has averages of 14.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists.