Nets, Ben Simmons committed to working together on rehab

Ben Simmons and his camp will sit down with the Nets and hammer out a plan for the ensuing months, one intended to put him on the best path to both physical and mental health and a successful return to the court. “We will work together with the Nets on a summer plan,” a source … Read more

Sixers the real losers in James Harden-Ben Simmons trade bust

In February, the question was who won the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade. Now it’s a question of who lost it worse. And right now, Philadelphia has a Harden problem. The former MVP passive-aggressioned his way from the Nets to the Sixers back in February. But Harden’s season-ending performance on Thursday was so putrid that people … Read more

Nets offseason hinges on Steve Nash, Kyrie Irving questions

After the Nets meekly bowed out of the playoffs following a disappointing first-round sweep by the Celtics, Kevin Durant acknowledged this offseason is going to be a pivotal one for the organization and its championship window. And despite Kyrie Irving’s tone-deaf comments that he, Durant, owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are part … Read more

Mental, physical health keeping Ben Simmons from Nets lineup

After Nets brass reportedly met with Ben Simmons and his agent on Monday afternoon — discussing the physical and mental issues still keeping him from making his season debut — Steve Nash confirmed that it’s not just his physical health that the sidelined All-Star is dealing with. “I don’t want to overstate my understanding of … Read more

Steve Nash didn’t expect Nets guard to play

Steve Nash said he’s disappointed Ben Simmons won’t get to play in the Nets’ do-or-die Game 4 Monday night, but not disappointed in the three-time All-Star. Simmons had said he expected to play in this first-round series against Boston, and the Nets are facing elimination Monday night down 0-3. But with Simmons ruled out Sunday … Read more

Steve Nash keeping it simple as Nets try to stage historic rally

A tumultuous season filled with one colossal challenge after another has come down to the clichés for Steve Nash and the Nets. The road to their current predicament in a first-round playoff series against the Celtics has been filled with potholes — from Kyrie Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated for COVID-19, to Kevin Durant’s midseason … Read more

Nets need Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving to fix their games now

Coach Steve Nash and his Nets have far more immediate concerns than the likelihood of Ben Simmons joining their lineup Monday for Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Celtics. First, superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, in Game 3 on Saturday at Barclays Center, must rebound from poor shooting performances in two … Read more

Nets risk ‘continuity’ with Ben Simmons’ return: Stan Van Gundy

Despite two defeats, Stan Van Gundy has marveled at the Nets’ competitiveness in the first two games against the Celtics. He views the Nets roster as hastily thrown together without time to blend. As such, even though he’s a big fan of Ben Simmons, Van Gundy can’t image the enigmatic 6-11 guard making much of … Read more

Nets’ Ben Simmons makes big strides toward playing vs. Celtics

BOSTON — That wasn’t one small step in Ben Simmons’ rehab, but several giant leaps — cleared for contact and going straight to four-on-four work. It bodes well for Simmons in his race to debut for the Nets this season. He hasn’t had a full practice since being acquired on Feb. 10 at the cost … Read more

2022 NBA Playoffs: Storylines to monitor

Mercifully, Adam Silver’s unnecessary play-in tournament ends Friday night when the eighth playoff seed in each conference will be determined. The playoff prime rib will be served Saturday and Sunday with the opening of the first round. Silver loves the extra money — and extra teams — the new play-in event generates, but this became … Read more