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Steve Nash Has Telling Update On Ben Simmons

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash on the court.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Head coach Steve Nash follows the action against Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a pre season game at Staples Center on October 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

When Nets general manager Sean Marks made the move to swap James Harden for 76ers star Ben Simmons, it was with the anticipation that he'd be able to take part in team activities by the end of this week.

However, according to head coach Steve Nash, Simmons is still a ways away from touching the floor.

“He’s not ready for even one-on-one, let alone three-on-three, five-on-five,” Nash said via the New York Post. “So he’s got to get to a place where he can go full speed unopposed, one-on-oh, and then we’ll talk about and hopefully quickly he can go to one-on-one, three-on-three, five-on-five.” This is not the news fans of the eighth-seeded Nets were hoping to hear with just 29 days to go in the regular season. Time is starting to run out for Brooklyn to integrate Ben Simmons into the lineup. Especially when you consider that Simmons hasn't played an NBA game since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semis on June 20. On top of the mental health aspect, Simmons was reportedly experiencing back soreness as part of the reconditioning process, per NBA insider

Sources: Nets star Ben Simmons is dealing with back soreness in reconditioning process that requires further strengthening of the area over a period of time before return to action.

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After losing 17 of 20 games for a two-month stretch, the Nets have won back-to-back games to put themselves one game over .500.

But if this team has designs on going anywhere in the playoffs, they'll need to be full strength.