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Brooklyn Nets reveal "summer plan" to fix setbacks with Ben Simmons which includes mental health

The Nets reportedly have come up with a promising plan to help Simmons. We'll believe it when we see it.
Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

Following a devastating 2021-22 post-season, the Brooklyn Nets will surely be utilizing the extra time off to improve the team. While it may sound very positive, most of us know that it won’t be like a walk in the park, considering Brooklyn has a number of problems to fix.

Among the most critical issues the Nets want to resolve at the moment is the future of Kyrie Irving and, needless to say, the ever-talked-about situation of Ben Simmons.

The fixing Ben project

All throughout the season, Simmons has constantly made headlines, but most of them were not what the Nets faithful have been longing for. Apparently, Brooklyn will try to finally put an end to all the things that have been halting the All-Star point guard from getting back to his old form.

According to New York Post, a source close to Simmons bared that the Nets and the player’s entourage have come up with a plan that will aim “to put him on the best path to both physical and mental health. We will work together with the Nets on a summer plan,” the source said. “Everyone is confident.

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The report adds that the Nets are also prioritizing Simmons’ mental health. They are already working on completely separating Philadelphia and the stigma that comes with it from the 25-year-old.

This goes to show that the Nets have acknowledged that aside from injuries, the ongoing drama with his former team has been affecting Simmons’ road to full recovery. 

While most fans still remember Simmons’ disappointing final games with the Sixers, we also can’t just disregard how good of a player he is when at his best form, having registered career-best averages of 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game; not to mention his lockdown defensive capability.

It will all boil down to Simmons

During a press conference this week, Nets general manager Sean Marks divulged that Simmons is “feeling relief already” following the microdiscectomy surgery to aid a herniated L-4 disk in his lower back earlier this month. However, Marks also admitted that with regards to the mental health issues, he’d like to give Simmons enough time to figure it out himself.

[The question] of how do we support him through the mental performance side of things, that’s a touchy subject,” Marks said via New York Post. “I don’t want to talk about someone’s mental health or mental performance. I’m going to let Ben address that at the correct time. I will say this: Whether it’s the NBA or whether, what everyone’s been going through, I look around and I’d love to [see] if there’s anyone out there who hasn’t had some type of mental fatigue over the last two years.

This has not been easy for anybody,” he added. “I’m not making an excuse with anyone in the pro sports area, but we all need support. And we’re coming through it. And same for Ben. We’re doing everything possible we can to get him around our group. That is the key. He needs to be in here, smell the gym again, around his friends, around his family and to participate in this and let us help him build a culture together. Build up together, build him back up.

When the Nets signed Simmons last fall, the idea was to have him provide depth on both the offensive and defensive end. No one can tell how things could play out, but it’s good to know that Brooklyn still has high hopes for the three-time All-Star. 

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