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 said Tuesday that 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 a 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.

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