Case Study Ben Simmons

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Summary: In this year’s 2016 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Ben Simmons with the first overall pick. On September 30th, Simmons rolled his right ankle during a training camp scrimmage. After receiving an MRI of his foot and ankle, Simmons was diagnosed with a broken metatarsal in his right foot. Simmons is expected to recover from surgery to repair the Jones fracture in just three months but rumors are saying that he might sit out the entire 2016-2017 NBA season. Bob Cooney of the Daily News has cited a source telling him that the 76ers might be forced to allow Simmons sit the entire season based on the recommendation of his agent, Rich Paul. Bob Cooney stated that, “ I just got off the phone with someone I trust who said there’s no way his agent will let him play this season.” Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group represents players like LeBron James and John Wall. Paul is asking the 76ers to sit Simmons for the season to protect his client’s long-term health. This past summer, Nike signed Simmons to a five – year, $20 million endorsement contract. Performance bonuses could push the deal to over $40 million. Rich Paul sees the potential in Simmons becoming the face of Nike once he hits his prime. This particular injury…show more content…
If Simmons is cleared by the team’s medical staff to play this January, I see no reason for him not to play. If the team allows an agent to dictate whom the team plays, it creates an ugly precedent allowing this to happen again in the future. The 76ers fan base are starved for good basketball and if Simmons sits the entire season, it will be demoralizing as they already dealt with the same scenario with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid from years past. It would be a rip off to the fans that paid good money to see Simmons play if he is sitting on the bench fully healthy this
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