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An appointment with the Shot Doctor, Herb Magee, to talk Ben Simmons' shot

An appointment with the Shot Doctor, Herb Magee, to talk Ben Simmons' shot

It’s been the summer of the Sixers, with max contracts, classic uniforms and a successful draft. 

Oh, and Ben got a new jump shot. 

Certainly not lost in the busy offseason are the many social media posts of Ben Simmons’ new-and-improved jumper, something fans have been clamoring for since the All-Star was drafted No. 1 overall in 2016. The man got that money this summer — and now it seems like he got the J too. 

You know what else fans have been clamoring for? Herb Magee to work with Simmons.  So, is the jump shot new and improved? Who better to examine it than the Shot Doctor (name patent pending)? 

Magee, the Hall of Fame basketball coach at Jefferson (formerly Philadelphia University) has been asked on nearly a daily basis for three years running, to look at Simmons’ shot and work with him to improve it. 

Tweets, Facebook posts, in-person requests — Magee has seen and heard it all. So, I wanted him to see the new shot. Naturally, I made an appointment with the Shot Doctor at his annual shooting camp. 

Magee diagnosed the shortfall of Simmons’ shot and saw the improvement in the form, specifically the holding of the shooting hand, in the Instagram videos.

“He is making them, and the ball seems to have the proper arc, it’s properly spinning, and it looks like he’s attempting to finish his shot,” Magee assessed. “Once that happens and he starts to get confidence, then he’ll start making them, without question.”

Prognosis: Improving. And Sixers fans will want to see nightly check-ups. 

For more of Magee’s breakdown of Simmons’ shot, check out the video above.

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Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

Donovan McNabb reflects on Eagles career, motivation from 'opinionated fans,' more in interview

While many Eagles fans have mixed emotions about Donovan McNabb and his tenure as a Philadelphia Eagle, that feeling is not mutual. 

In town Thursday to meet kids at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, McNabb told me that it’s all happy when he reflects on his time with the Eagles.

“I don’t get involved in the banter outside, the negative or people’s opinions," he said. "It was fulfilling a dream of playing football. And I have four kids of my own who were a part of the run we had here in Philadelphia so it was fun — it was a lot of fun.”

As for this year’s Eagles team, McNabb believes this squad can get to the Super Bowl, and he feels that everything begins and ends with Carson Wentz and his health. But it comes as no surprise that the former quarterback picked the guys who protect Wentz as most important to the Eagles' success outside of the signal caller.

“I think that offensive line has to gel like they were a couple years ago and take pressure off of Carson," McNabb said.

And yes, Philly fans, Five will always love you … and laugh with you. 

“I truly love what the fans have done for me and the support that I’ve had through my career," he said. "Sometimes you have your opinionated fans and that motivates and drives me, to this day. I laughed about it now and I laughed about it then.”

Fans will have a chance to chuckle with McNabb this fall when he’s inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame on November 7.

You can watch more of my interview with McNabb above.

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2019 NBA draft profile: Admiral Schofield can add physicality, toughness, but also shooting to Sixers' bench

2019 NBA draft profile: Admiral Schofield can add physicality, toughness, but also shooting to Sixers' bench

Position: Guard/Forward

Height: 6-6    

Weight: 240

School: Tennessee

The first thing that jumps out to you about Admiral Schofield is his size. Not because he’s that big, but because you expect him to be bigger after watching him on the court. He plays as though he’s at least 6-foot-8. Perhaps the 240 pounds and the 6-10 wingspan have something to do with it, but I think it’s because of his style of play.

Strengths

Schofield is physical, both in stature and in style. He will bang with the best of them — take a licking and keep on ticking, to borrow the catchy watch commercial phrase from years ago. But he’s not just a big body. Schofield can shoot and shoot well. He averaged 16.5 points his senior season at Tennessee while shooting over 47 percent from the field and a very admirable 41.8 percent from three. Of course his thunderous dunks are what haunts opponents’ dreams, and there were plenty of them for the highlight reel.

He’s a very good rebounder for his size and that goes back to his style of play. Rebounding is about two things: position and desire. And Schofield has both the physical gifts to get to the right spot and the want-to when it comes to grabbing boards. Offensively, he can score in many ways — from the perimeter to creating off the dribble and even fighting through screens to get open. Schofield can cover multiple positions because of his lateral quickness and has the strength to guard bigger players. As a Kentucky fan I can tell you, this guy is a key reason the Volunteers had one of the best seasons in program history — and took down my Wildcats, too. He came to play in big moments, averaging 18.4 points and 6.3 rebounds against ranked opponents. He’s a talented leader who got better every year at Tennessee. 

Weaknesses

The biggest issue with Schofield’s game is his lack of free throws. And I don’t mean makes. I mean attempts. For his size and given how much he seems to thrive on contact and physical play, he doesn’t get to the line nearly enough. In his senior season, Schofield averaged only 2.3 free throws per game. He’s a big body who should consistently be able to put pressure on the defense when driving to the lane. But because he’s a good shooter, sometimes he settles for the pull-up jumper rather than driving in to take a foul. He also can improve his passing skills for the NBA level.

Fit

He would be an excellent bench option for the Sixers. Schofield would give them the physical play they sometimes lack with their up-tempo style. Plus, when you combine Schofield’s ability to score with his rebounding, that’s a lift off the bench the Sixers just haven’t had in a while. They’ve usually had one or the other. At 22 years old and with a high basketball IQ, Schofield knows who he is and can play a role when asked.

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