The Philadelphia 76ers and their fans were devastated hearing Saturday’s news that prized rookie Ben Simmons will miss up to three months after fracturing a bone in his foot that will require surgery to fix. The incident came just days after Simmons told reporters at 76ers media day that he had packed on 33 pounds of muscle since the NBA Draft, leading some to wonder aloud, including Michael Jordan’s former trainer Tim Grover, whether Simmons’ injury was a direct result of adding too many pounds too fast.
Another high profile rookie, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, made news this off-season when he announced he was eating 5,000 calories a day leading up to the NBA Draft to buff up his slender 190-pound frame, which he says is now up to 195. After hearing the news of Simmons’ injury, though, Ingram is rethinking his diet.
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“That’s one of the reasons I tried to stop the little calorie thing that I had going on,” Ingram told ESPN of the risk of injury. “[It’s] just knowing that it’s going to be a process. [I’m] not trying to gain weight too fast, knowing that it’s going to come over the years as my body matures.”
While Ingram cuts back on calories, he still feels awful for the fate that’s befallen his fellow rook.
“I hate it for him,” Ingram said. “I just send prayers out to him. He’s just a great guy and a great basketball player, and I hope he has a great recovery.”