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The bizarre NBA-celebrity dating circle that involves Ben Simmons

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The bizarre NBA-celebrity dating circle that involves Ben Simmons

This is a love triangle that even Phil Jackson could appreciate.

Or perhaps it's a quadrangle? A rhombus? Tough to say at this point. Lotta sides. Does anyone care? Who knows.

A quick refresher on how we got here ...

Ben Simmons was dating pop star Tinashe a few months ago. She talked about him and their relationship fondly. She even said she wrote songs about him. At some point over the past few weeks their relationship cooled. Photos of Tinashe disappeared from Ben's Instagram account.

Then Page Six dropped the story that Simmons was rumored to be dating Kendall Jenner. Then the two were spotted in Los Angeles together in the wee hours of the morning.

That's when things started to get a little weird. Tinashe was rumored to be hanging out with Ben's Rookie of the Year nemesis, Donovan Mitchell.

Not weird enough yet? Let's keep going.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that Kendall was spotted making out with a celebrity sibling of Bella and Gigi Hadid: "Kendall was spotted smack-dab in the middle of a heavy makeout sesh early Tuesday morning with Anwar Hadid at a CFDA Awards after-party in NYC. You can tell it's him from the bleach blonde hair he was sporting at the event. Plus, Kendall took a photo of his tattooed hands herself."

OK, not the best news for Ben, maybe? Maybe it's great news. But things still get stranger from there.

Simmons wasn't the first NBA star to be involved with Jenner. She has also dated Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin.

What's Griffin up to now?

"Tinashe was at Apex Social Club at Palms Casino Resort hanging out with Jenner’s ex Griffin," Page Six reported. “'Blake watched Tinashe perform,' said a spy. 'They were also at the same VIP table.'”

And now you are caught up on all of the drama. And can potentially understand this masterful tweet:

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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Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid share special moments with legendary Dirk Nowitzki at All-Star Game

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid share special moments with legendary Dirk Nowitzki at All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is a polarizing event. Some people find it to be a no-defense embarrassment while others revel in the pure entertainment of a glorified three-point shooting contest with a smattering of impressive dunks mixed in.

As Dwyane Wade put it during a mid-game interview, the game is a chance for the legends of the league on their last leg to interact with the young guys they’ll pass the torch to when they finally retire.

Credit to NBA commissioner Adam Silver for giving Wade and Dirk Nowitzki a final curtain call down in Charlotte this past weekend. The gesture paid dividends.

Nowitzki entering the game on Sunday and promptly drilling a handful of long three pointers was among the most wonderful moments of the weekend.

It also allowed the Sixers' young stars to interact with a guy they both marveled at as kids growing up watching the NBA.

Simmons even had an up-close look at Nowitzki's game when the Dallas Mavericks' legend hit a three in his face.

It provided some great levity as well when the TBS cameras captured Nowitzki thanking Simmons for not really D’ing him up on the play.

“Appreciate it, kid.”

Simmons had a chance to talk about what Nowitzki meant to him following his first All-Star Game victory.

“He is one of those guys that came over from overseas, dominated the game and changed it,” Simmons told reporters following the game. “Just the way he played the game, he played the right way, was not a selfish player, and was always willing to give the ball up and he could also score it. One of those guys who had a huge impact internationally for guys like me, Joel and so many others.”

Embiid also had the chance to share in a Dirk moment prior to the game when the two were interviewed together.

“When I started playing [basketball] back in 2011, one of my coaches gave a tape of all the great big men and [Dirk] was part of it. I remember the only move I used to do, I would catch the ball on the block, dribble, spin, and then his fadeaway off of one leg. I used to do it all the time. That’s when I started getting better and learning the game," Embiid said.

A smiling Nowitzki looks on and says how humbling it is to hear he inspired the next generation of stars.



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