Ben Simmons: Being Selected With #1 Pick A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Ben Simmons | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons may be the Sixers’ choice with the No. 1 overall pick | Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

There has been much speculation about whether Ben Simmons wants to be drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

That speculation, which initially originated from a report that Simmons could earn more out of a shoe deal if he were drafted by Los Angeles, has been gaining momentum of late because the Sixers have yet to meet with the former LSU star. The Sixers have already met with Brandon Ingram, the other presumptive top-2 pick in June 23rd’s draft, twice. Once at the NBA Combine at Chicago in May and then earlier today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where the Sixers had Ingram in for a private one-on-none workout.

Earlier today, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo confirmed that no meeting was currently scheduled between Simmons and the Sixers.

“As of this moment, not yet,” Colangelo said about a potential meeting. “We’re still working on that.”

Colangelo, however, did sound optimistic that Simmons had no problem playing for Philadelphia if they did decide to select him first overall.

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Brandon Ingram Impresses in Workout with Sixers, No Workout Scheduled for Ben Simmons

The Philadelphia 76ers had Duke forward Brandon Ingram in for a workout on Monday | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers had Duke forward Brandon Ingram in for a workout on Monday | Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Who the Sixers will select with the first overall pick has been a two-horse race ever since the team was awarded the #1 overall pick in May 17th’s NBA lottery.

One of those players is Duke small forward Brandon Ingram, who worked out for the Sixers at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Monday. Ingram was the only player participating in the workout.

“Obviously, in a one-on-none workout you’re not going to learn everything about a player, but that’s why we scouted a lot of basketball games and watched a lot of tape,” Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said about the workout. “He’s a versatile forward that can handle the ball, can shoot the ball. I referred to him as a silky smooth small forward. He can do a lot.”

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15 Years Ago Today, Sixers Fans Booed Beyoncé

Destiny's Child at the 2001 NBA Finals

Destiny’s Child performs during halftime of Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals 15 years ago today. Michelle Williams’ Lakers jersey started a chorus of boos that nearly drowned out the performance by the end. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)

What began as a promising NBA Finals was looking pretty bleak by halftime of Game 4.

The Sixers — bruised and battered, led by NBA MVP Allen Iverson in his finest season — had clawed out of deficits in their first three series to win the Eastern Conference. They rallied to beat the Lakers, previously unbeaten in the playoffs, in Game 1. But the Sixers dropped a winnable Game 2 when they missed some late free throws, then lost Game 3 back in Philadelphia as well. Now they were down 14 at halftime of Game 4. Sixers fans could forget about any chance at a comeback if the Lakers went up 3 games to 1. The incredible playoff run of 2001 looked like it was coming to an end.

And out on the court at the then-First Union Center stepped Beyoncé, the biggest pop star in the world. Her performance was widely booed throughout. Really.

She wasn’t the biggest pop star in the world at the time. She was still Beyoncé Knowles, lead singer of Houston girl-group Destiny’s Child. Two years before, it had a breakthrough with its second album. The Writing’s on the Wall went eight-times platinum, there were major lineup shakeups. By June 2001, Destiny’s Child was a trio. Read more »

Colangelo: Likelihood Joel Embiid Plays In Summer League is Nil

Sixers head coach Brett Brown works with Joel Embiid before the Sixers played the Indiana Pacers last season at the Wells Fargo Center | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Colangelo says there’s almost no chance Joel Embiid will play in Summer League next month. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NBA.com writer Scott Howard-Cooper is in Treviso, Italy, where he sat down with 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo during a break in the adidas Eurocamp.

Howard-Cooper’s report, which you can read in full here, covered on a wide-ranging set of topics, including what the Sixers will do with the #1 pick, whether a trade involving Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel is being discussed, and what the Sixers will do with the 24th and 26th selections in the draft.

Of note, however, was an update on the odds Joel Embiid will play in summer league, which kicks off July 4th in Utah. Once the Utah Summer League wraps up, the Sixers will then head over to Las Vegas Summer League, which takes place from July 8th through July 18th.

According to Colangelo, there’s almost no chance Embiid will participate in either league.
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Report: Brandon Ingram to Work Out For Sixers on Monday

Should the Sixers draft Brandon Ingram because of their need for perimeter shooting? | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Sixers draft Brandon Ingram because of their need for perimeter shooting? | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers will hold a private workout and interview with Duke forward Brandon Ingram on Monday.

The Sixers have not yet scheduled a meeting with LSU forward Ben Simmons, who is widely regarded as the other top prospect the Sixers would seriously consider with the #1 overall pick.

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Former Sixers Assistant Coach, NBA Player Sean Rooks Has Died

Sean Rooks with Shaquille O'Neal as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996.

Sean Rooks with Shaquille O’Neal as members of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996.

Sean Rooks, an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and a 12-year NBA veteran, died Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Rooks started working for the NBA development league in 2007 and specialized in coaching player development for the 76ers since 2014. His contract with the 76ers was not going to be renewed for this season, the Inquirer reports.

“It is with a profound deal of sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of a beloved son, father and friend, Sean Rooks,” Sixers co-managing owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer said in a statement Tuesday night. “Words simply cannot express the heartbreak and shock our entire organization is feeling over this loss.”

“Sean will be remembered not for his accomplishments on the court – of which there were many – but for his vibrant personality, positive outlook and the genuine care he had for everyone in his life,” the statement continues.

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76ers Draft: Making the Case for Dragan Bender

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

Should Bryan Colangelo consider Croatian big man Dragan Bender if the Sixers acquire a second top-5 pick in June 23rd’s NBA draft?

Ever since the 76ers held the right lottery ball combinations to win the first overall pick in May 17th’s lottery, there has been much debate over what the next course of action should be in the City of Brotherly Love.

That debate hasn’t just been focused on whether to select Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram with the most important draft pick the team has held in twenty years, though. It’s also included the possibility of trading either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel for another top selection.

The speculation isn’t surprising. The Celtics have reportedly pursued Jahlil Okafor in the past, and failed to move up into the top-2 in a draft that is largely considered to be a two player draft. They’re a playoff team who wants somebody they can build around, and Danny Ainge reportedly believes Okafor can be that guy.

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Pondering Those Sixers Trade Rumors

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose sits on the bench during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center in April 2016.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose sits on the bench during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center in April 2016. Mike DiNovo | USA Today Sports

Until the NBA Draft actually happens, we are left only with trade rumors that would supposedly make the 76ers better-rounded and a little better.

The one thing we know is that the Sixers have too many big men. On the roster right now are five players of 6-10 or more, with one more coming if the team does select 6-10 Ben Simmons from LSU. (Thursday on my radio show, Sixers head coach Brett Brown talked about Simmons, and if Brown was a poker play, he gave off a “tell” as obvious as a flashing neon sign that the team is going to take Simmons). That means they must trade at least one of those bigs in order to supplement their perimeter.  Read more »

Dissecting the Jeff Teague For Nerlens Noel Rumor

Nerlens Noel came off the bench to score 16 points and collect 9 rebounds in the 76ers 113-88 loss to the Charlotte Hornets | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Nerlens Noel came off the bench to score 16 points and collect 9 rebounds in the 76ers 113-88 loss to the Charlotte Hornets | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

After rumors about pursuing a trade to acquire a second high draft pick in order to find guard help, a rumor came out of left field from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports which states the Sixers and Hawks are discussing a trade of Nerlens Noel for Jeff Teague.

The rumored discussions for a Nerlens Noel for Jeff Teague swap is a lot to digest. Is it a good decision for the Sixers? Let’s unravel all of the layers involved.

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Report: Sixers, Hawks Talking Trade of Nerlens Noel for Jeff Teague

Point guard Jeff Teague led an efficient Atlanta offense | John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Sixers make a trade to acquire Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague?  | John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers and Hawks are in discussions about a potential trade that would be centered around Nerlens Noel going to Atlanta for Jeff Teague.

According to Charania, the deal is not yet imminent.

Atlanta and Philadelphia are discussing a possible trade centered on Hawks guard Jeff Teague and 76ers center Nerlens Noel, league sources told The Vertical.

The sides have discussed the deal recently, but an agreement isn’t imminent, sources said.

— Shams Charania, Yahoo Sports

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