LeBron James urges Ben Simmons to "be patient" after his injury setback

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Lady luck just doesn't seem to want to shine on the Philadelphia 76ers. After enduring a number of disappointing years, things were finally looking up heading into the new season after acquiring the number one overall draft pick, Ben Simmons. 

The Australian out of LSU showcased his talent in the Summer League and had Philly fans excited at the prospect of finally seeing their team win and be more competitive. 

However, that optimism has disappeared quite quickly after the 20-year-old suffered a fractured right foot during the opening days of the team's training camp. 

Simmons is expected to be out for at least three months and is unlikely to take to the floor until 2017. 

It's an all too familiar feeling for the 76ers after Joel Embiid - the third pick in the 2014 draft - suffered a similar injury and was forced to miss two seasons as a result. 

After finally getting the big man fit, the Sixers were looking forward to pairing the two youngsters together and seeing them develop and take the franchise forward, but they'll now have to wait a considerable amount of time to see them take the floor together. 

Simmons' injury is a delicate one and it can take time to heal fully and if not treated in the correct manner, there is a potential risk of further injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who shares an agent with Simmons, has urged the talented Aussie to be patient in his recovery and not rush back too soon.

"What was my reaction? Probably the same as everybody else including Philly. It's like, 'Damn,'" James said. "That's the first thing that came to my mind and knowing that's a very delicate injury....

"He'll be fine. He's a young guy. He's got to make sure he's patient and not get frustrated with the process because obviously I know I would want to get on the floor. But he has a long career in front of him and he just has to be patient, let the foot heal and when he gets back on the floor then he'll show why he's the No. 1 pick."

LeBron is a big admirer of Simmons and has spent time with him on multiple occasions during the offseason and was undoubtedly influential in the young star's decision to join the Klutch Sports agency and sign an endorsement deal with Nike.

The LSU product has been likened to King James with his style and it's clear that the four-time MVP wants to take the youngster under his wing. 

Simmons, who was the favourite to win the Rookie of the Year award this season, is likely to miss out on that award, but his focus should be on making a full recovery and taking the advice of the league's best player will help him do just that.

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