He says that his shoulder is getting better, but it’s still too early to tell if he’ll be able to play for the Nets again.

He says that his shoulder is getting better, but it’s still too early to tell if he’ll be able to play for the Nets again.

Ben Simmons, a forward for the Brooklyn Nets, said Friday night that a lower back nerve injury that has kept him out for almost two months has made him more angry than ever.

It was one of the most frustrating times in his career because he wanted to be on the court to help his team win and fight. Before Brooklyn played the reigning champion Denver Nuggets at Barclays Center, he said that.

“But in the end, it’s just a part of sports.” Not every game is given. People get hurt. It does happen, though. For me, it’s just about focused on what I can do right now and doing that which I can to get to the floor and help.

At first, the injury was thought to be a hip problem, but he played throughout the remainder of his Bucks game. But the nerve impingement was found in an MRI a few days later. This is the same problem that stopped his 2022–23 season early.

Things have moved slowly since then. The Nets said earlier this week that Simmons has “further increased” his own work and that they will give another progress report in two weeks. This means that he will be out until at least early January.

Simmons was asked what he had been doing and said, “I just started doing stuff on the court, like moving around and making some shots.” I’ll start at the bottom and then work my way up.

Simmons missed most of the last two seasons, first because he was trying to get traded out of Philadelphia followed by because he had back problems. “The NBA season has begun. There will be good times and bad times.

At the beginning of the season, he played in six games and averaged 6.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 6.7 assists while starting at point guard, which is his favorite position.

“Yes, for sure. He added, “I think this is just one more step in that direction.” “Every day I come in and try to do better.

That’s how I think.” I try to get down on the floor again. There is still time for me, and I’m excited to get back out there.

Reporters asked Simmons several times when he might be able to come back, but he always said no. He said that back injuries are a lot more difficult than sprained ankles or other types of bone injuries that have clear cure times.

Simmons said, “I have no expectations” about a certain date of his return. “I work every day.” That’s one thing about having these kinds of accidents.

I know not to stress out too much about the exact date as well whatever it is. To keep getting better and reach a level where you can play.

Even though the Los Angeles Lakers are only on Game No. 30 of 82, Anthony Davis called for more urgency after Thursday night’s 118-111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves made it four games in a row that they have lost.

“Right now we’re going through that downtime,” Davis said after L.A. lost its fifth game since winning the preseason tournament. “All we have to do is keep fighting and playing hard.” We’re treating Saturday as a must-win if you put in some work and energy.

It might be too soon to say that a game in December is a “must win” since the playoffs don’t start until April.

But even though the Lakers have looked shaky lately—earlier this month, they went 7-0 and won the first in-season tournament title in Las Vegas—they showed what they can do when they play with a purpose.