Amid his rehab for a herniated disk in his back, Simmons may be closer to possibly playing an actual NBA game sooner rather than later, but it appears to be up to the veteran guard, says coach Steve Nash.
"There's no other way than him to say, 'I'm ready,'" Nash said during Wednesday's post-practice presser. "Especially after an absence this long. So whenever he is ready, it's going to have to be on him to say, 'I feel comfortable. I feel ready to go. I want to play and I want to contribute."
"We can't push him places when you have been out this long. It's got to be something where he is definitely comfortable and ready to play."
Game 3 hasn’t been fully ruled out yet, but that would require Simmons to clear more hurdles in a much shorter window of time, sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 20, 2022
First time we’ve seen this — KD, Kyrie and Simmons all getting some shots up at the same time after practice. pic.twitter.com/n1QZLeXXBt— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 19, 2022
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