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Ben Simmons wants to talk big guard skills with Magic Johnson

Ben Simmons wants to talk big guard skills with Magic Johnson

Hall of Famer Magic Johnson created a bit of a stir within Sixers Land on Sunday afternoon when he told reporters that Ben Simmons wanted to meet with him during the summer to learn more about playing the point guard position with size.

Johnson, now the Lakers' president of basketball operations, was a phenomenal passer with incredible vision, uniquely playing the position at 6-foot-9.

Simmons runs the point at 6-foot-10 and his game has often been compared to Johnson's because of their similarities in size and skill.

So it seems like an awesome idea for a 22-year-old All-Star seeking ways to improve by reaching out to one of the best to ever play the sport.

Naturally, though, questions arose.

Could this be tampering?

Why is Simmons working with the competition?

Is Johnson luring Simmons to Los Angeles?!?!?!

OK, deep breath. No need to panic here.

Let's look at Johnson's full comment:

He reached out to me — not to me directly, but to the Lakers — to find out if we could get together this summer. I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to clear it with the league.’ Everybody — the Sixers sign off, we sign off, the league signs off — that there's not nothing going on, but he wants to know how to play the position as a big guard. It's fine, I will do that. But if everybody doesn't sign off, then we can't get together.

It's no secret Simmons has a good friendship with Lakers star LeBron James as the two are represented by the same agency, Klutch Sports Group.

But that means so little to the situation here.

Following Sunday's game against the Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center, Simmons will likely be asked about his desire to meet with Johnson.

And Simmons will likely downplay it. After all, the guy just wants to get better.

Who better to ask than Magic Johnson?

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Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Tim Jernigan rocks Tim Jernigan jersey in Tim Jernigan rap video

Back in April, Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan began a rap career with Good Boyz Music and now he’s back with another track and video. 

In this one, entitled “Come Thru” Jernigan is wearing his No. 93 Eagles jersey for his verse, which he drops under the name Stud Muffin (h/t PhillyVoice). At one point, Jernigan is holding a black umbrella in one hand and a wad of cash in the other. 

OK then. 

Check it out, but be warned: There’s some NSFW lyrics in there. Jernigan’s verse starts around the 38-second mark. 

As PhillyVoice pointed out, Jernigan does drop a David Akers lyric in the song — “like my name David Akers or I play rugby.” That seems to be a reference to the previous line when Jernigan mentioned kicking and punting. 

While Jernigan rocked his own jersey in the latest video, back in April, in “Hustle Harder” Jernigan was wearing an old-school Grant Hill Pistons jersey. Here’s that track: 

Believe it or not, his budding rap career wasn’t one of the topics of conversation when a few reporters caught up with Jernigan back in May.

Jernigan signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal to return to Philadelphia this past offseason. That came after what has been a wild couple years for Jernigan in Philadelphia. He was traded here, became a big part of the defense, signed a huge contract, suffered a mysterious injury and then the Eagles declined his option this offseason before he returned at an extremely discounted rate. 

The Eagles this offseason also brought in Malik Jackson, who will likely take over as the starting defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. That, of course, was Jernigan’s old position. 

“I don’t care,” Jernigan said in May. “I believe in me. I believe in Timmy. Straight up. I believe in Timmy. I hope nobody take that the wrong way.”

He even believes enough in Timmy to wear his jersey in his rap video. 

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Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

The new big man in town, Bryce Harper, went to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to take in the Sixers game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He rubbed shoulders with some of the previous biggest (little) men in town.

Harper was in attendance and rang the bell prior to tip-off — something he'll surely do many times during Phillies games across the street this summer.

When Harper made his way to his seat in a suite, he was seated alongside Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Rhys Hoskins was also in the suite as were all of the aforementioned players' significant others. Talk about some serious Philly sports firepower right there.

And then later in the game, the Sixers shared an image of a couple of legendary No. 3s meeting in the bowels of the Center. I'd love to hear the conversation between Allen Iverson and Harper.

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was also in the building, sitting a bit closer to the court. Rapper Meek Mill was also in the building and took a photo with A.I. Which got me wondering: What's the perfect storm of Philly sports stardom in a Rat Pack sort of way? Obviously you had Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the court last night. In terms of the Flyers, aside from Gritty, you'd have to go Claude Giroux or maybe a fun-loving guy like Scott Hartnell from years past? Recently retired players that could fit the bill from other teams would have to include Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and maybe Pat Burrell just for fun. Is anyone in recent Eagles memory a bigger name than Brian Dawkins? He'd fill the fedora quotient. Nick Foles could be fun in a clean and wholesome sort of way.

My Philly sports Rat Pack would consist of A.I., Simmons, Embiid, Kendall Jenner, Wentz, Jason Kelce and Gritty. We got a good portion of that in the building last night.

Who is in your Philly sports Rat Pack?

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