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The 22-year-old has worked on his outside jumpshot more than he has at any other point in his young career. “It’s just, (I’ve) been working,” Simmons said. “In the NBA, you’ve gotta play to what your strengths are. I never had real chances of just shooting. I never played in a year where I had to develop my shooting, because I was always better than most of the guys I played. Even this season, without the jumper, I was able to nearly have a triple-double every game.”
Philadelphia 76ers Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons said he had a feeling where LeBron was going to end up. “I spoke to him before he actually decided, but I just had a feeling that he’d already picked so it was kinda funny,” Simmons said to NBA Australia. “I was reaching out to him but I already knew.”
The Philadelphia 76ers have hired former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout for next season. Harding, the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA in 2007, is only the second former WNBA player to be hired for a full-time scouting position with an NBA team. Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jenny Boucek is the other, having done advanced scouting work for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006.
NBA journeyman J.J. Redick claims he freaked after seeing a woman apparently in a cage under a blanket in the back of his car service in Manhattan, prompting him to jump out and call the police. Redick shared the story on his “The J.J. Redick Podcast” on Friday, saying it happened Thursday after he had done a photo shoot for the fashion line Mr. Porter. The former Duke University and current Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard said he was with his wife, Chelsea, and sister-in-law Kylee as they got into the Cadillac Escalade arranged by Mr. Porter.
As his podcast guest Mo Bamba begins to laugh at the story being told, Redick tells him he is dead serious and it’s no laughing matter. “It’s the — no, this is not funny. There’s a back of a female’s head. She’s (got) blond hair, there’s a ponytail, and based on the size of the box or cage that this person is in, it’s like either, like a very small human, or a child. And I’m like, ‘We all saw it, right?’ Redick said. “So he drives off, and then Kylee, now at this point, it’s like ‘Are you sure? Was that a dog? Was that a dog with like a very fury tail?’
Ballmer also vowed that the Clippers won’t tank to get a better draft pick. “That ain’t us. Nuh-uh, no way,” he said. “People can do it their way. We’re going to be good our way. We’re not going to show up and suck for a year, two years. I think we got higher expectations on us than the long, hard five, six years of absolute crap like the 76ers put in. How could we look you guys in the eye if we did that to you?”