A Dim Future in Philly

Coming into the draft in late June, one name dominated the headlines: Ben Simmons. People saw this fresh-faced Australian out of LSU as “The Future of the NBA” and he was experts’ unanimous choice to go 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, which he did. However, that “Future” has been hobbled with an injury that’s notorious for making athletes’ lives a living hell.

In the 76ers’ last scrimmage of training camp, Simmons broke his 5th metatarsal, a crucial bone in the human foot. Essentially, the 5th metatarsal is the bone you’ll feel if you touch the outside of your foot. For athletes, it’s an absolutely crucial part of the human anatomy, because it’s what allows athletes to cut, or change direction quickly.

Simmons broke it and he’ll be out for the first 2-3 months of the NBA season, which is very disappointing for the 76ers franchise who were banking on him being a vital part of their team. However, it’s a injury that more likely than not will strike Simmons at least one more time in his career.

The 5th metatarsal is notorious for being a bone that, if broken once, can break again. Oklahoma City’s point guard Cameron Payne broke his 5th metatarsal 6 or 7 months ago and just recently broke it again. Another example of a player who’s broken it in the past was former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, whose promising career took a sharp downturn following the injury.

With that in mind, it dims the bright future that Simmons’ career certainly had. Hopefully, the injury doesn’t derail his career before it even starts, but it’s certainly taken out other athletes before, and the same thing could happen to Simmons.

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