Nets' Ben Simmons to undergo back surgery Thursday

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Ben Simmons cropped 3/26/22
Ben Simmons cropped 3/26/22

The Nets announced on Thursday that Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery on his ailing back.

According to the team, Simmons will immediately "begin a rehabilitation program," and "is expected to make a full recovery prior to the start of next season's training camp."

Brooklyn had released a statement Wednesday explaining why it was necessary for Simmons to undergo the procedure.

"After consultation with multiple back specialists, it has been determined that the best course of action for Ben's long-term health is for him to undergo surgery.

The microdiscectomy procedure... is designed to alleviate pain caused by the herniated disc in Ben's back. Further updates will be provided following the procedure."

Simmons was acquired by the Nets in the blockbuster James Harden trade with the Philadelphia 76ers prior to this year's trade deadline. Simmons did not play for Philly, citing mental health concerns, and while he was revamping to play for Brooklyn, he suffered a back injury.

At first, it seemed minor, but the injury dragged on - Simmons received an epidural in March, and after the Nets said he would return for Game 4 of their first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics, he suffered a setback the day before, and was ruled out. Because of the sweep, Simmons did not play for the Nets this past season.

Without Simmons, the Nets were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.