76ers star Ben Simmons out for the season after undergoing knee surgery

Jason Owens
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Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons underwent surgery to remove a loose body in his knee Monday. He’s expected to miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Simmons left the bubble for the procedure. He will remain in Philadelphia to rehab.

The 76ers initially announced the injury Saturday.

“After consultation with the 76ers medical staff and several specialists, Ben Simmons will undergo surgery in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee,” a team statement reads.

Simmons suffered the injury during Wednesday’s win over the Washington Wizards. He came up limping after grabbing a rebound in the third quarter and did not return to the game.

On Thursday, he was diagnosed with a a subluxation of his left patella — a partially dislocated knee cap.

Ben Simmons is a long shot to return for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Ben Simmons is a long shot to return for the playoffs. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Simmons a long shot to return

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported the 76ers hadn’t ruled Simmons out for the season, but that changed following Simmons’ surgery. The 76ers are currently the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Simmons, 23, has averaged 16.4 points, eight assists and 7.8 rebounds this season, his second straight as an All-Star. He suffered a pinched nerve in his back earlier in the season that cost him the last eight 76ers game before the NBA shut down for COVID-19.

Shake Milton took over 76ers point guard duties to start bubble play as Simmons shifted to a point forward role. The moved pushed Al Horford to the bench. He’ll likely return to a starting frontcourt role alongside Joel Embiid in Simmons’ absence.

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