LeBron James' advice for Ben Simmons following injury
The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be without Ben Simmons for three months after the No. 1 overall draft pick suffered a fracture in his right foot last week during practice. Simmons is scheduled to undergo surgery this week, and might not see the floor in 2016.
Simmons was the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award this season, and though foot injuries can be especially scary for big men, there are plenty of recent examples of players recovering from the same or similar injuries that suggest Simmons could still be an important player for the Sixers in his rookie year.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who shares an agent with Simmons, told reporters Monday that he was disappointed to hear Simmons was hurt, but warned him to take his recovery as patiently as possible.
James has never been forced to miss a major amount of time due to injury over the course of his career. In January of 2015 James took off a couple weeks to nurse nagging back and knee problems, but returned to lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals.