The Brooklyn Nets will need to win on Monday to keep their playoff hopes alive, as the team currently finds themselves down 3-0 in their first-round series against the Boston Celtics. They will do so without star guard Ben Simmons, who will sit out despite previous reports that he was eyeing Monday’s game as a potential return date.

It has been a whirlwind of a year for Simmons, who has not played in an NBA game this season, originally citing that he was not mentally ready to play while on the Philadelphia 76ers. He has also been dealing with a back injury which has hampered him throughout the season.

NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Simmons and agent Rich Paul met with Nets GM Sean Marks to discuss where they go from here, citing both “mental and physical hurdles” to get through in order for Simmons to get back on the court.

Both sides reportedly feel that Simmons has progressed a ton physically over the past two weeks, but they will continue to work on the “hurdles” that need to be addressed.

Mental health is obviously extremely important and it should certainly come first and foremost when it comes to NBA players.

However, many around the NBA world are a bit confused as to what exactly is going on between the Nets and Simmons with all these reports of a potential return.

It is certainly a hard situation to decipher.

With all of these conflicting reports of Simmons’ potential return continuing to get pushed back, it is not doing him any favors as many are taking their chance to blast him on social media.

If Simmons is really struggling with his mental health, it might be in his best interest to completely shut him down for the rest of the year and let him get in the right headspace for the 2022 NBA season.

[Adrian Wojnarowski]

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College.