Noah Levick

Sixers’ bell ringing ceremony after win over Nets was especially entertaining

Sixers’ bell ringing ceremony after win over Nets was especially entertaining

The Sixers' ceremonial, celebratory miniature Liberty Bell does travel, even if they've gotten much more use out of it at Wells Fargo Center than on the road this season.

Brett Brown's preamble Monday before handing the bell off to Ben Simmons was especially entertaining. Simmons was the Sixers' bell ringer after his 34-point triple-double in a 117-11 win over the Nets, but Brown made sure to praise several others.

“Al Horford … with just some adult f---ing plays at the end," Brown said. "Holy s---. Really just great stuff.”

Brown isolated Mike Scott, too.

“And how ‘bout you? You were great tonight, Mike Scott.”

You can watch the full video below, courtesy of the Sixers' Twitter account.



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Matisse Thybulle taken aback by Ben Simmons' impressive stats in postgame interview

Matisse Thybulle taken aback by Ben Simmons' impressive stats in postgame interview

Matisse Thybulle had been alongside Ben Simmons for much of his dominant performance Monday afternoon in Brooklyn.

Still, hearing NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Serena Winters run through the stats Simmons had accumulated — a 34-point triple-double in the Sixers’ 117-111 win — took the rookie aback.

Thybulle was, unsurprisingly, not the only Sixer impressed by Simmons’ day.

Furkan Korkmaz dug up an old gem.

That prompted Simmons to thank Korkmaz and show what the Turkish wing might look like as, it appears, a retiree who spends his days strolling the beach with a metal detector and his nights soaking up the NBA.

Josh Richardson acknowledged Simmons’ Eastern Conference Player of the Week award in his Instagram story.

And Rhys Hoskins got in on the “triumph” emoji train, too. 

Simmons, who’s averaged 23.8 points, 10 rebounds, 8.2 assists and two steals over his last five games, told Winters he’s felt an obligation to raise his game with Joel Embiid sidelined.

“I know Joel’s out, so a lot of guys gotta step up,” he said. “I take a lot of responsibility in that, just being a leader. And offensively, I’ve gotta pick it up. I’m glad we could get this win.”

You can watch the full interview with Simmons and Thybulle below.

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NBA trade deadline: Sixers have reportedly expressed interest in Derrick Rose

NBA trade deadline: Sixers have reportedly expressed interest in Derrick Rose

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers are one of “multiple teams with championship aspirations” that have expressed interest in trading for Derrick Rose.

The 2010-11 NBA MVP has averaged 18.4 points and 5.8 assists per game this season for the 16-28 Pistons. 

It makes sense that the Sixers would desire perimeter scoring off the bench. Their bench has averaged 29 points per game, 27th in the NBA.

Brett Brown has alternated between Trey Burke and Raul Neto as his backup point guard, with Neto recently getting the nod. Burke is closer to Rose in terms of being able to create his own shot and run the pick-and-roll effectively. It seems Brown is still figuring out who he prefers on his bench. He’s talked on several occasions about not wanting to let players “rot.”

Rose sustained several major injuries after his MVP campaign, including a torn ACL in the first game of the 2011-12 playoffs, a series the Sixers ultimately won in six games over the Bulls. The No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Rose spent time with the Knicks, Cavs, Timberwolves and Pistons after beginning his career in his hometown of Chicago.

In 2016, Rose and two friends were found not guilty of sexual battery, battery and trespassing in a civil trial that stemmed from a 2013 incident. 

Rose has a $7.3 million salary this season and is also under contract for $7.7 million in 2020-21. The Sixers also reportedly have interest in shooters Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard, Rose's teammates.

The trade deadline is Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. 

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