Ben Simmons says he is ‘grateful’ to return to action after 470 days

Ben Simmons made his return to action after almost 17 months, as he made his preseason debut with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday.

Simmons spent less than 20 minutes on the floor and had six points, four rebounds and five assists, as the Nets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in their preseason opener (127-108).

“Amazing. I’m grateful just to be able to step on a NBA floor again. I had a lot of fun out there. I thought I’d be nervous, but I wasn’t nervous: I was excited.

To have that feeling to be able to come out and know you’re going to play on a NBA floor especially at Barclays with some great players, it’s excitement,” Ben Simmons told media afterwards, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

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Ben Simmons missed the entire season due to his conflict with the Sixers, some mental issues he was dealing with and a back injury he suffered after joining the Nets in February.

Eventually, he managed to play after 470 days and is now getting ready for the coming season, as the Nets aim to return to title contention this year.

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