Assign an assistant coach to do nothing but monitor Ben Simmons and make sure he stays tied to the bench with his feet atop those pillows.
Now that we know that Simmons’ right fifth metatarsal bone – the bone that he broke on Sept. 30, the injury that has kept him from playing in a single regular-season game for the 76ers – is still not fully healed, the Sixers’ next course of action is clear: stop the obfuscation and subterfuge.
And without equivocation, without putting coach Brett Brown in that familiar position – forcing him to say something that eventually could come back to compromise his integrity – announce that Simmons will not play this season.
It would be the best thing, for both the Sixers and Simmons.
For whatever reason – a desire to keep hopes and ticket sales as high as possible, a misunderstanding of a sports market that is forever bubbling and seething over its teams’ fortunes and demands openness and honesty from its athletes and coaches and executives, pure self-interest – the Sixers have created for themselves a crisis of trust.
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