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Lewis: Ben Simmons has moved from recovery to rehab ... and high visibility

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Ben Simmons was at the Liberty - Lynx game Tuesday night at Barclays Center, sitting with his fiancée Maya Jama and teammates Seth Curry and Cam Thomas. It was part of his new high visibility in Brooklyn. And as Brian Lewis notes, Simmons is also back at HSS Training Center rehabbing following his (outpatient) back surgery on May 5 in Los Angeles:

Ben Simmons has been out and about in New York recently. And The Post has confirmed the Nets star has successfully taken the next step following his back surgery: from the recovery phase to the rehab phase.

And the Post reporter adds, everything else, including a return before training camp which begins at the end of September is also on track:

[T]he Nets suggested that following an initial recovery phase Simmons should be able to begin rehabbing in earnest in three weeks or so. Now, a source close to Simmons confirmed he has begun the rehab phase and is right on schedule to be ready well before training camp.

Simmons, of course, didn’t play a second last season either with the 76ers before the blockbuster deadline trade or the Nets after, the former absence due to his holdout and the latter due to a herniated disk that had given his trouble off-and-on since just before the COVID pandemic shut down the NBA.

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According to an insider, Simmons and his team have been looking for opportunities for him to get out in the community,