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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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Brian Dawkins makes a 'great' pitch for Bryce Harper to sign with Phillies

Brian Dawkins makes a 'great' pitch for Bryce Harper to sign with Phillies

Brian Dawkins could motivate Eeyore.

His pregame speeches made you want to run through a brick wall. His motivational speeches now are just as incredible.

He actually spoke to Phillies prospects not long ago.

So who better than the Eagles' legend to throw a free-agent pitch to Bryce Harper?

Dawkins did just that Tuesday night, tweeting at Harper about one great fit for Philadelphia.

"B-Dawk" fit this city like a glove. Many believe Harper would fit very similarly as his passion, intensity, hustle and toughness jive with the Philadelphia way.

In the past, Harper has actually shared his appreciation for Philly fans.

"I love coming in here and playing in this park, being able to play in front of these fans," he said in April 2017, via Ryan Lawrence.

Dawkins knows these fans. He also knows greatness.

He sees Harper as a great fit for Philly. Pretty soon, we'll see if Harper agrees.

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Kevin Hart and Ben Simmons get icy on LeBron James

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Kevin Hart and Ben Simmons get icy on LeBron James

Kevin Hart had his favorite basketball player from his hometown Sixers on his YouTube show “Cold As Balls” in an episode the diminutive funnyman dedicated to the city of Philadelphia.

Hart takes extra special care of Ben Simmons as he’s getting in and out of the ice bath to make sure there’s no freak accident that could derail the Sixers’ title run this season.

Hart, who is frequently seated courtside at Sixers games, asked Simmons his thoughts on Hart’s infamous trash talking.

“There was this one time against the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade — you were talking sh** to him the whole time — he hit a big shot right in my face. I remember I was like, ‘Why is Kevin talking to him! He’s got to sit down and enjoy the game,’” Simmons said.

Hart brought up the meeting LeBron James, a mentor of Simmons', took with the Sixers during his free agency this past summer before he opted to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

Simmons said Philly may have been more of a consideration earlier in James' career, which kind of implied winning may not be James’ sole focus in Los Angeles. Yep. Hart and Simmons joked that the Sixers don’t need him anyway.

“We got this,” Simmons said.

Perhaps the best moment from the icy chat was when Hart asked Simmons what he would say to Simmons' Rookie of the Year competition Donovan Mitchell if he had the opportunity.

“Nothing,” Simmons said with big smile. “He knows.”

The two also talk Philly, video games, burner accounts, wild animals, Australia, Bentleys, and much more. You can watch the segment below. It's pretty much the polar opposite of Joel Embiid on "Hot Ones."



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