Australia Boomers and Philadelphia 76ers superstar Ben Simmons has been diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap, the Sixers have confirmed.
Simmons could be set for a long stint on the sidelines after suffering a partially dislocated left kneecap.
The Philadelphia 76ers guard suffered the injury in Wednesday’s NBA clash against Washington Wizards and the team have said they are unsure about how long he’ll be out of action.
Asked if Simmons would miss the rest of the season, Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said, “Some of the information is fluid. It’s just that the stuff is still being evaluated.”
Philadelphia and Boomers coach Brown said the 24-year-old Simmons is feeling anxiety over the situation.
“There is clearly disappointment,” Brown told reporters afterwards.
“I don’t know if anyone really understood what he did to get ready to play basketball again (after a 2016 foot injury). He really invested time.
“It’s monotonous, some of the smaller things he had to do…I think the uncertainty of what really is it right now is obviously there.
“But he’s a great teammate, and his teammates care about him.”
The two-time eastern conference All-Star got hurt midway through the third quarter.
He was shown walking gingerly as he exited the arena shortly before the end of the Sixers’ 107-98 triumph at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.
Simmons sustained the injury either while grabbing a rebound, he dribbled slowly up the floor and passed the ball to teammate Al Horford.
After a whistle stopped play with 5:46 remaining in the fourth quarter of the game, Simmons began touching his knee and slowly walked off the court and continued all the way to the locker room.
Simmons had eight points, six rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Wednesday.
He is averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds in 57 games this season.