From Simmons to Jah, Sixers' favorite Halloween costumes

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From Simmons to Jah, Sixers' favorite Halloween costumes

HOUSTON — Before they were preparing for NBA games in October, the Sixers were getting ready for Halloween. Take a look back at their favorite costumes, from kids to adults.

Nik Stauskas
"The last time I dressed up for Halloween, I was about nine years old and I dressed up as Allen Iverson. I was a huge A.I. fan. I was in Chicago for a basketball tournament and we decided we were going to go trick-or-treating anyway. I had the Allen Iverson jersey, I had a full Sixers tear-away warmup suit. Of course, I wore the black NBA headband. I wasn't able to braid the hair but that was my outfit. I was obsessed. I was a huge Allen Iverson fan. I'd much rather be Allen Iverson than dress up as a clown or a scary person, so that was my thing."

Ben Simmons
"The last time I dressed up was in college and I was 'The Flash.' I was watching the TV show at the time. I just bought it, I didn't have enough time to make it. We went to a party … (Halloween) is not big in Australia. People don't really do it like that. I always saw it on TV."

Amir Johnson
"I was a California Raisin as a kid. I think my grandmother or mother got me that. I was one single raisin. Then I remember being a (Teenage Mutant) Ninja Turtle. My mother took toilet paper rolls and kind of made nunchucks out of that. We just couldn't afford it and improvised. Thinking about when I was a kid, those were my two favorites. As I got older, then I started getting into scary stuff and weird, gory masks. I had a movie artist come in and paint me as a zombie (in Toronto)."

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Jahlil Okafor
"I dressed up as the Power Rangers, the Red Ranger. I just loved the TV show, as simple as that. I was five or six (years old) maybe. I went out with my family. I was the only one that wanted to be a Power Ranger."

Richaun Holmes
"I never dressed up for Halloween. I don't like dressing up. Halloween's like any other day to me. We watched scary movies (growing up), that was about it. I don't really mess with it like that, there's too much weird stuff going on. Halloween's not really my thing."

Justin Anderson
"My rookie year, I was Nelly for Deron Williams' party. I looked just like him. Had the band-aid with the tank top, chain with diamonds in it. I had the two headbands. When he had two headbands, he made that cool."


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Anderson dressed up as a Spartan the following year for another Mavericks team party.

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These players could come 'out of left field' for Sixers

These players could come 'out of left field' for Sixers

Brett Brown’s witnessed many playoff battles during his days as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs.

That’s when the stars shine brightest in an attempt to help their team hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. It’s also when role players get an opportunity to change the course of a series and leave an imprint that lasts a lifetime.

Think Kenny Smith’s seven three-pointers in Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finals, Steve Kerr’s series-sealing jumper in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals and Robert Horry in, well, too many games to count.

“Every one of my years with San Antonio, 12 of them, somebody came out of left field in one of the games for six minutes, maybe more, and had a significant impact on a win,” Brown said last week.

Sure, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are going to do the heavy lifting. But the real question is who else will make a significant contribution during those crucial postseason moments?

Robert Covington is certainly not planning to shy away from the big stage.

After three months of sliding production, the swingman has regained his shooting form at just the right time as the Sixers appear headed for their first postseason berth since 2011-12. Covington is shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from three-point range with an offensive rating of 128 in March.

“My teammates have been pretty much finding me the same shots, but I just changed up a little bit of my workout, switched it up,” Covington said after scoring 18 points (6 for 12 shooting) in the Sixers’ 108-94 win over the Hornets on Monday. “That’s what allowed me to get where I’m at now. My teammates have been finding me open spots. We’ve been moving the ball really well.

“That’s just doing the right things and waiting on that moment.”

Marco Belinelli knows all about seizing that moment. He’s played — and played very well at times — over the course of 48 career playoff games.

The Sixers got a taste against the Hornets of just how much of a boost Belinelli can give a team when he’s on target. The 10-year veteran scored 21 points off the bench and contributed five of the Sixers’ 18 threes as he sharpens his game for the major challenge on the horizon.

“It’s huge,” Simmons said of finding shooters such as Belinelli and Covington in addition to JJ Redick in close games. “It’s just the way we’ve been playing all year.”

With Justin Anderson now back in the rotation and contributing, it could be the performance of secondary guys that keep the Sixers playing longer than anyone expected before the season started.

Ben Simmons shrugs off mental fatigue with another triple-double

Ben Simmons shrugs off mental fatigue with another triple-double


Around 6 p.m., Ben Simmons spoke about mental fatigue and the frustrations it can cause. 

An hour later, he hit the court and posted an 11-point, 12-rebound, 15-assist triple-double … with zero turnovers.

“I wish he was more mentally fatigued in the future,” Brett Brown said with a laugh. 

The 21-year-old rookie may be feeling the weight of his first NBA season, but he certainly didn’t show it Monday in the Sixers’ 108-94 win over the Hornets (see observations)

Simmons recorded his third triple-double in the last four games. He exhibited disciplined court vision by finding his teammates with a high level of ease and chemistry that’s been developing over the season (see highlights).

“I was trusting them to knock down shots,” Simmons simply put it. “They make it easy for me.”

Simmons became the first rookie in the NBA to record a triple-double with 15 assists and no turnovers. Only David Robinson and Andre Iguodala had reached a triple-double without an error as rookies. 

Simmons considers his assists and turnovers to be the most meaningful stats of the triple-double, noting his turnovers usually are caused by mental errors. 

"That’s amazing," Joel Embiid said. "To be able to make the right reads and not turn the ball over, there’s a few guys in the league that can do that ... that just shows you that he can be a great point guard."

The 6-foot-10 point guard is averaging 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game over 34 minutes. With each game that passes, Simmons continues to be linked with the feats of Hall of Famers. From joining in the same company as Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson to moving ahead of Allen Iverson for most 10-assist games by a Sixers rookie, his performances are often tied back to historical markers. 

“I think people get caught up in how many points I score every game,” Simmons said. “It’s not about that. It’s a matter of points that we’re getting as a team and how many stops we get … 

"People are always going to say I need to do certain things but I know what I’m capable of and I know what I’m really good at.”