Ben Simmons: 'I actually had a poster of Allen Iverson in my room'

Ben Simmons: 'I actually had a poster of Allen Iverson in my room'

Allen Iverson welcomed Ben Simmons to Philadelphia just minutes after he was selected first overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. A.I. also had some words of wisdom for the fellow No. 1 pick.

As it turns out, the duo may have shared a room together back in the day. Sort of.

Simmons was asked about what he remembered about Allen Iverson from growing up and the Australian shared that he had an Allen Iverson poster in his room as a kid.

"A lot of people don't know that I actually had a poster of A.I. in my room when I was young in my room. It was a big diamond-cut poster of him with the braids. I just remember him being one of those small guys, the point guard with braids, cornrows, and the headband. I remember I had some of those cornrows when I was younger.  He's one of those players that just fought everyday."

Simmons was also asked about his favorite cheesesteak, Pat's or Geno's? And he told the audience he's already had a Delasandro's (on Jimmy Fallon).

"Cheesesteaks, I'm going to find a lot of them," he said.

Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz may want to come.

Villanova hits icy patch on road to Final Four


Villanova hits icy patch on road to Final Four

The Philadelphia area — Villanova is not located *in* Philly proper — is being blasted by a huge snowstorm on Wednesday.

Could it keep the Wildcats from getting off campus and out of Philadelphia for the big NCAA Tournament game on Friday against West Virginia up in Boston?

It could! Check out the footage of their bus getting caught on the ice:

But the answer to the above question is probably "no." Jay Wright said they made it out OK.

The key takeaway here? The road to the Final Four needs to be properly plowed and salted.

Allen Iverson raves about Ben Simmons playing beyond his years


Allen Iverson raves about Ben Simmons playing beyond his years

The voice of the Sixers, Marc Zumoff, hooked up with perhaps the most famous Sixer of all-time, Allen Iverson, to talk about Brett Brown's team that is poised to take Philly to the playoffs for the first time in years.

Iverson was a guest on Zoo's Views podcast this week and spoke about "his little dudes," his loving name for the current Sixers squad.

Ben Simmons is a guy who sticks out for not looking like a rookie.

"I see someone who is a great player far beyond his age," Iverson said. "You don't usually see a player with that mindset. The athletic ability, you see it all the time, but his mindset, he plays the game the right way."

"At times out there he looks like he's been in this league for years and he's a rookie. That's very unique for a guy to come in and be so unselfish, caring about the team, and having every aspect of his game getting better. You can tell he gets better all the time. You can see when people tries to take things from him, he still gets it done."

As for The Answer's advice for today's Sixers, it's all about sticking together.

"I think the sky is the limit for this team. We should want it now but if not my message to them would be to not get frustrated in the process. Understand that there will be some learning experiences. There will be some ups and downs. Stick together, believe in each other night in and night out. Win together, lose together, laugh together, and cry together. I'm looking forward to these coming playoffs. Win four games and we on to the next."

You can listen to the full conversation between Zoo and A.I. below or download and subscribe to Zoo's Views right here.

2:00 — Iverson’s thoughts on this year’s team?
3:00 — Big fan of Brett Brown ... Reminds him of Popovich ... And Larry Brown
5:00 — Ben Simmons plays like a veteran
8:00 — Embiid is great for Sixers and the NBA as a whole
9:30 — Would he have been big on social media if it existed during his career?
10:30 — How would a 30-year-old Allen Iverson fit in with this Sixers team?
12:00 — He would’ve been a better player with this roster
12:20 — Advice for this team