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Sixers great Bobby Jones selected for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Sixers great Bobby Jones selected for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Updated: 12:37 p.m. 

"The Secretary of Defense" is one of the newest members of the Hall of Fame.

Former Sixer Bobby Jones, an eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, has been selected for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the 1982-83 season, Jones will join Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and Moses Malone as members of that championship team in the Hall of Fame. He'll be the 17th Sixers player inducted.

A 6-foot-9 forward, Jones averaged 10.7 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks during his eight seasons with the Sixers. He played at the University of North Carolina from 1971-1974 and was part of the U.S. men's basketball team that competed in the Olympics in 1972.

Jones' teammates and coaches appreciated all of his contributions that didn't show up in the box score.

''Bobby can complement anybody's game,'' Erving told The New York Times in 1981. ''I'm learning from him. So many of the things he does are difficult for the fans to understand or appreciate. His contributions can't always be measured by what shows up in the stats. Just Bobby's mere court presence is enough to beat you."

Forward Chris Webber, who played 114 of his 831 career regular-season games with the Sixers, was not inducted.

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Al Horford thinks Celtics' tampering complaints are 'ridiculous'

Al Horford thinks Celtics' tampering complaints are 'ridiculous'

Did the Sixers engage in tampering with Al Horford?

Horford didn't directly address the question Monday in an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, but he did respond to ESPN's Brian Windhorst saying the the Celtics had "stomped their feet" about teams talking with Horford. 

"I just think it’s — what can I say? — it’s ridiculous,” Horford told Patrick, per NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg. "It is what it is. Danny [Ainge] — I love Danny. Danny was really good to me. I know he’s definitely frustrated that things didn’t work out with us.”

At his introductory press conference with the Sixers on July 12, Horford acknowledged that things progressed rapidly in free agency.

"When I decided to opt out, it wasn't an easy decision, but I did it and I felt like there was going to be a lot of options for me," he said. "When June 30 came around, things escalated very, very quickly. There were multiple teams, a lot of strong interest and I had to make what was the best decision for me. When Elton called and spoke with my agent, he laid down his offer, I was very surprised there was that strong interest of me being here and it made the decision very easy. It was very easy and I'm just excited to be a part of this."

It would be naive to think that none of the free agents who signed on the night of the 30th had engaged in discussions with teams before 6 p.m. It's just the way the NBA works right now, fair or not.

To be upset, as the Celtics reportedly were, does indeed seem rather "ridiculous."



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Another Ben Simmons highlight reel video shows a lot ... even some jumpers

Another Ben Simmons highlight reel video shows a lot ... even some jumpers

Since announcing that he was not playing in the FIBA World Cup, Ben Simmons has been hitting the gym to prepare for his third season in the NBA. 

When he was asked at the end of the 2018-19 season what he wanted to improve, Simmons responded in a way you’d want a team leader to: “I think for me, I just want to get better all around.

“Become a better and more efficient player. Just keep growing into a better player. There’s no one individual spot. I’m going to work on everything and continue to let my game grow.” 

It’s no secret that his biggest struggle since starting his career has been his jump shot, but a recent video on trainer Chris Johnson's Instagram page may have indicated that Simmons is stepping it up a notch.

Even though he is only 23 years old, it was clear that Simmons took on a much more prominent leadership role last season — not only in the locker room, but on the court, as well. 

Of course, no training session of his is completed without a few of his signature dunks that helped make him the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year and a 2019 All-Star.

But at the end of the day, we have seen these videos before. Now, it’s not about what we see in practice or pickup games, but rather during the season itself.

So, will this finally be the summer that Simmons develops his shot? Only time will tell. 

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