NEW YORK – Coach Steve Nash says he doesn’t care if Ben Simmons “shot a jump shot” for the Brooklyn Nets nets because of the versatility and unique skills he brings to the team.

“Very unique,” Nash said of Simmons after the second full training camp on Wednesday. “That’s what makes Ben great. That’s why I don’t care if he fires a jump shot for the Brooklyn Nets. He’s welcome, but that’s not what makes him special and it’s not what we need. He’s a great complement to our team, and he’s a great basketball player because of his versatility.”

Simmons, who struggled for consistency in his jump shot throughout his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, is trying to focus on a fresh start after missing the entirety of last season while awaiting a deal from Philadelphia and then dealing with rehab from back surgery as well as ongoing mental health issues .

Simmons said he felt “amazing” after the team’s second formal practice.

“I’m used to playing flip-flops,” Simmons said. “I feel great. It’s good to be here with these guys.”

Nash and Simmons are particularly excited about his expected match-up with fellow Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

“I think they’re going to have a certain element of cohesion outside the gates,” Nash said of the trio. “Because they’re all really good basketball players, but hopefully that’s something that evolves. And they can keep finding ways to make each other better. I think that’s the beauty, they actually fit really well together, but it can take time.”

“But outside the gates, they’re still three great basketball players that I think are excited to play together and are going to make things happen right away. But let’s hope there’s continued growth as well.”

Simmons said they just need more time to learn each other’s games.

“You play with some great NBA players, some great,” Simmons said of Durant and Irving. “So, for me, it’s about playing alongside them, deciding where they want their shots, how they move, and different places on the ground that I need to be in. It’s just timing.”

As Nash finds out how he wants to set up his rotation, the coach reiterated that he would be comfortable using Simmons in a central role when the match required it.

“If he’s the ‘big one’, that’s a role we’ll definitely play,” Nash said. “But he’s also our playmaker and our prime keeper.”

It’s a position and role that Simmons will not shy away from heading into the Nets’ season opener at home against the Sixers on Monday.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Simmons said. “I will play wherever the team needs to play, and whatever helps me. I can guard 1 to 5, play 1 to 5. I think it’s just one of those things where we have so many different talents on this team, you can put me in Anywhere to help get points, get breakpoints, whatever….I love playing 5, I don’t mind.”

In other news, Nash said the hope is that goalkeeper Seth Curry, who is continuing to recover from an ankle injury, will be able to play in the Nets’ final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 14. He will not be ready to start the season as he continues to recover from a foot injury that has kept him out for most of the past two seasons.

“I think we’ll do the evaluation again in November, but he’s doing a great job,” Nash said. “It’s building. We’ve known that’s happening. We also don’t want to take a big risk with TJ because he’s been out for two years. So it’s a process we want to be very confident in and make a consistent organization not to push.”

The good news for Nash and the Nets is that after waiting since February for Simmons to be back in action again, he appears to be in good spirits both physically and mentally.

“I think Ben is just a great playmaker,” Nash said. “Size, speed, ability, selflessness, he’s always looking to unlock players. He’s a great tester. [has] Fantastic vision. With his size and speed, he can push the ball in transition and also get into gaps, so he’s a great fit for Kevin and Kee to try and make the game a little easier for them both.”

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