Entertainment Sports Ben Simmons Diagnosed with Nerve Impingement in Back, Will Remain 'Out of Action' with Brooklyn Nets The NBA player has been out of action since the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Miami Heat on Feb. 15 By Ingrid Vasquez Ingrid Vasquez Twitter Ingrid Vasquez is a Digital News Writer at PEOPLE. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Journalism. Before joining the team, she worked as an Editor at FanSided and provided work in the celebrity and lifestyle space for brands that include Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, EW, and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 24, 2023 11:52 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Ben Simmons will remain sidelined. The NBA player has been off the court since the Brooklyn Nets went up against the Miami Heat on Feb. 15 after knee and back issues — which became present during the 2021-22 season and required offseason surgery — began, per Bleacher Report. Ben Simmons Talks About Mental Health, Says He Was in 'Bad Place' During Time with Philadelphia 76ers Before the All-Star break, CBS Sports reported, the 26-year-old athlete attempted to offset his injuries by having fluid drained from his knee and receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection. On Friday, the Brooklyn Nets provided an update on his health via a statement on Twitter. "Ben Simmons has been diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his back after a reevaluation earlier today," the statement read. "He will remain out of action while we determine the best long-term course of treatment." Head Coach Jacque Vaughn had previously shared with reporters that the organization was taking Simmons' health "day by day" to "take care of him and try to get him healthy." Brooklyn Nets' Ben Simmons Lists Los Angeles Home for Nearly $20 Million "When the back gets better, and when the knee gets better, then he'll be with us. So we want that to happen as soon as possible, but we also want to take care of him and make sure that those two things are good," the coach said during a press conference. The Philadelphia 76ers traded Simmons to the Nets organization in February 2022. In September, he candidly spoke about his time on the Philadelphia team with former teammate JJ Redick on an episode of The Old Man and the Three podcast. "I was in such a bad place where I was like, f---, I'm trying to get here, and you guys are, like, throwing all these other things at me to where you're not helping," he said. "And that's all I wanted, was help." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. "I didn't feel like I got it from coaches, teammates — I won't say all teammates, because there's great guys on that team that did reach out and are still my friends — but I didn't feel like I got that, and it was just a tough place for me."