Brooklyn Nets shutting down Ben Simmons for rest of season

The Brooklyn Nets are shutting down guard Ben Simmons for the rest of the season, coach Jacque Vaughn said Tuesday. 

"Ben will not be joining us the rest of the year and through the playoffs," Vaughn said after practice.  

After consulting with our doctors, multiple specialists, he's just going to begin a rehab program.  

Our doctors and the specialists feel and think that he'll have a full recovery so that starts now. 

Simmons hasn't played since the Nets' final game before the All-Star break last month because of a nerve issue in his back.