Though he hasn’t played a basketball game in about four months, Ben Simmons has not lost his ability to throw down acrobatic dunks.
Trainer Chris Johnson shared a video Thursday on Instagram of Simmons looking very springy after a workout.
LeBron James, a mentor to Simmons and fellow Klutch Sports client, is among those the two-time All-Star has been playing with in Los Angeles.
With the NBA planning to resume its season at Disney World in late July, Simmons’ health is a key factor for the Sixers. He missed the team’s last eight games before the hiatus with a nerve impingement in his lower back.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Brett Brown indicated the Sixers may ease Simmons back into action.
“My opinion, and this is not confirmed yet, is that we are going to be able to inch him back into this,” Brown told Mannix. “Is he going to be 100%, I don’t expect that. But I think he is going to be available.”
Ramping up to extended minutes in games might be a process, but Simmons is evidently healthy enough at this stage to look like a pretty strong Dunk Contest contender.
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