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76ers GM Elton Brand ‘very optimistic’ Ben Simmons will be ready to play should season resume

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Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand held a conference call with media members on Tuesday, and while he didn’t provide any new information regarding the status of the suspended 2019-20 NBA season, he did offer a positive update on their All-Star guard.

Ben Simmons, who was dealing with a lower back impingement before the season was shut down indefinitely in March due to the coronavirus, is doing “Really, really well” and could be healthy and available should games ultimately resume, according to Brand.

“I give Ben and our medical staff a ton of credit for all their hard work throughout his recovery,” Brand said. “They’re looking at all options. It is too early to speculate on what it’s going to be this year, but it’s going to be based on safety. It’s going to be based on health. It’s going to be based on data, not a date. We’ll figure out everything else from there … We’re preparing for every scenario that we can right now. I’m very hopeful the season will resume so we can get back out there and compete once it’s deemed safe.”

Brand is optimistic that the season will continue, and the Sixers are preparing as if it will, too.

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