Infotainment Factory: Simmons set to link up with NBA legend in off-season

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Simmons set to link up with NBA legend in off-season


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NBA Hall of Famer Earvin 'Magic' Johnson has revealed that Aussie star Ben Simmons reached out to him for advice on how to play the point guard position.

Standing at 6'10", Simmons is somewhat of an anomaly at the point guard position with the only real comparison being the 6'9" Johnson who won five NBA titles with the Lakers during the 1980s.

Prior to the Sixers' 143-120 defeat of Los Angeles, Johnson, who is the president of basketball operations for the Lakers, explained how he is willing to help the 21-year-old provided the league is happy with it.

"He reached out to me to find out whether we could get together this summer," Johnson told reporters.

Ben Simmons

"I said, 'hey you've got to clear it with the league'.

"If the Sixers sign off, we sign off and the league signs off that it's nothing going on, he just wants to know how to play the position as a big guard, then it's fine I will do that."

Simmons reaching out to Johnson is not out of the ordinary, given that many NBA players reach out to legends who played a similar position.

However, the relationship between Johnson and Simmons is complicated by the fact that Johnson is employed by the Lakers as well as Simmons being represented by the same agent as Lakers star LeBron James.

Ben Simmons

Johnson, who is a three-time league MVP himself, then showered the Australian with praise.

"I love his game," he said.

"I love his vision, I love in terms of basketball IQ, (he has) a very high basketball IQ."

Despite the Sixers' 23-point win, Simmons had one of his tougher outings, finishing with just eight points and seven assists on 3-of-13 shooting.

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However, there was one missed shot which caught the eye of fans, as Simmons, who is infamous for not shooting from the perimeter, attempted a three-point shot that wasn't an end-of-quarter heave.

Following the win, Sixers coach Brett Brown revealed that the shot was a result of a conversation he had with the Australian about the final part of the season.

“We’ve talked about this a lot. I actually thought the shot looked good,” Brown told reporters.

"I thought the rhythm into it looked good. It was close to going in. He didn’t look uncomfortable shooting it. He and I spoke about this notion for a little bit in the past 24 hours.

Ben Simmons

"What’s gonna happen in the third third of the season? How do we better help you prepare for the playoffs, what’s coming."

After the outing, Simmons explained that he will look to be more aggressive with his shot as the season wears on.

"In terms of that, I'm just taking what they give me," Simmons said.

"In terms of if I see someone backing up and JJ's (Redick) coming off, I’m going to give it to him. I will start pulling up, but that’s not one of those things that I’m looking at, it’s not everything.

"I’m not focused on just doing that, I’m going to play my game, play my strengths and continue to try and get that."

NBA Hall of Famer Earvin 'Magic' Johnson has revealed that Aussie star Ben Simmons reached out to him for advice on how to play the point guard position.

Standing at 6'10", Simmons is somewhat of an anomaly at the point guard position with the only real comparison being the 6'9" Johnson who won five NBA titles with the Lakers during the 1980s.

Prior to the Sixers' 143-120 defeat of Los Angeles, Johnson, who is the president of basketball operations for the Lakers, explained how he is willing to help the 21-year-old provided the league is happy with it.

"He reached out to me to find out whether we could get together this summer," Johnson told reporters.

Ben Simmons

"I said, 'hey you've got to clear it with the league'.

"If the Sixers sign off, we sign off and the league signs off that it's nothing going on, he just wants to know how to play the position as a big guard, then it's fine I will do that."

Simmons reaching out to Johnson is not out of the ordinary, given that many NBA players reach out to legends who played a similar position.

However, the relationship between Johnson and Simmons is complicated by the fact that Johnson is employed by the Lakers as well as Simmons being represented by the same agent as Lakers star LeBron James.

Ben Simmons

Johnson, who is a three-time league MVP himself, then showered the Australian with praise.

"I love his game," he said.

"I love his vision, I love in terms of basketball IQ, (he has) a very high basketball IQ."

Despite the Sixers' 23-point win, Simmons had one of his tougher outings, finishing with just eight points and seven assists on 3-of-13 shooting.

https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/1094718178175975425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

However, there was one missed shot which caught the eye of fans, as Simmons, who is infamous for not shooting from the perimeter, attempted a three-point shot that wasn't an end-of-quarter heave.

Following the win, Sixers coach Brett Brown revealed that the shot was a result of a conversation he had with the Australian about the final part of the season.

“We’ve talked about this a lot. I actually thought the shot looked good,” Brown told reporters.

"I thought the rhythm into it looked good. It was close to going in. He didn’t look uncomfortable shooting it. He and I spoke about this notion for a little bit in the past 24 hours.

Ben Simmons

"What’s gonna happen in the third third of the season? How do we better help you prepare for the playoffs, what’s coming."

After the outing, Simmons explained that he will look to be more aggressive with his shot as the season wears on.

"In terms of that, I'm just taking what they give me," Simmons said.

"In terms of if I see someone backing up and JJ's (Redick) coming off, I’m going to give it to him. I will start pulling up, but that’s not one of those things that I’m looking at, it’s not everything.

"I’m not focused on just doing that, I’m going to play my game, play my strengths and continue to try and get that."

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