For a while there, it looked like the Philadelphia 76ers were playing a bad joke on their fans—first Joel Embiid was drafted, only to sit out his first two NBA seasons with a stubborn Jones Fracture. Then, number one draft pick Ben Simmons broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during training camp, and the forward has yet to step foot in a game.
While Embiid has already been on the court for a while, he’s experiencing more and more success and has emerged as a team leader in recent games; and now, according to a new ESPN report, Simmons could be joining him in action following the All Star break. Simmons has already recovered to the point where he’s able to participate in certain team practice drills.I’m no Sixers fan (go Rockets!!) but I do love that this drama has taken such a positive turn—it goes to prove what I always tell patients dealing with sports injuries: rushing back into the game doesn’t help anything. The smartest way to protect your athletic future and contribute to your team is to give your injury time to heal. Even if it takes two years, as was the case with Embiid, making sure you’re properly healed before returning to your sport is the smartest decision you will ever make.