The fourth year head coach revealed his expectations for him, via ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, also adding that the team still doesn’t have a timetable on Simmons’ potential debut.
“Our plan is to still see him on the court, playing games. We just don’t know when.
“I fully expect him to play this season. He thinks that, and he’s motivated to play.”
Brown’s statement comes after reports that the top pick of last year’s draft has not been cleared for five-on-five drills after the All-Star break. However, he praised Simmons for his desire to be on the court, and also added that he has already started practicing on his own.
“I think he looks good — even though it’s 5-on-0. He’s got a great spirit, attitude. The plan is to heal him up, treat him with complete care and then deliver him to the court.”
Following his impressive performances during the Summer League, Sixers fans were devastated when the team announced that he will miss three to five months after suffering a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot in September.
Philadelphia have been one of the surprise teams this season, and even if they are still near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, they have showed a ton of improvement. Should Simmons heal soon and finally play for the Sixers, it will be a huge boost for the team and those fans longing for success.