Ben Simmons suited up for an NBA team for the first time since June, 2021. He made a preseason debut with the Nets against his former team the 76ers.

The Australian point guard finished the game with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 19 minutes of play. Brooklyn was beaten by Philadelphia 127-108.

After the game Kyrie Irving talked about Simmons making his return to the court. “Anytime anybody’s coming back it’s going to take some time. We talked about it last media session,” he said.

“What our responsibility is as teammates just to make the game easier. I was telling him at halftime, ‘when you’re playing with some high-level players, despite what you heard, we’re going to make the game easy for you.

“He’s going to love playing with us, he’s going to love going up and down the floor with us.”