76ers rookie Simmons has surgery on broken right foot

PHILADELPHIA (AP) " The 76ers say No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons has had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot.

Team officials on Tuesday said Simmons went through the procedure in New York.

There is no timetable yet for his return.

Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal bone during the 76ers' final training camp scrimmage last week.

The injury is the latest blow for an NBA franchise that has had several injuries to lottery players, plus losing streaks of 26 and 28 games over the last three seasons.

Simmons, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Australian forward out of LSU, was scheduled to start for the Sixers in their preseason opener Tuesday against Boston. Simmons was Philadelphia's first No. 1 overall pick since they drafted Allen Iverson in 1996.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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