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December 13, 1987 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The corner of Philadelphia that covets Big 5 basketball has been so besieged by the fuss over Temple's Mark Macon that it seems that another rather talented young guy has been playing in the dark so far this season. Remember Lionel Simmons of La Salle? You know, the silky 6-foot-6 sophomore who merely goes out every game and bangs in double figures in scoring and hauls down double figures in rebounds? The former South Philadelphia High star crashed onto the scene last year and averaged 20.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
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January 4, 1988 | By TIM KAWAKAMI, Daily News Sports Writer
For La Salle's Lionel Simmons, it was all set up for a big prime-time splash. He had the kind of national stage ESPN offers; he had a big-name opponent. He had a boisterous, sellout Palestra crowd on hand. But Simmons was just a little off-rhythm, La Salle got whomped on the boards, and the upset the Explorers were close enough to taste vanished under the TV lights. So Notre Dame (7-2) walked away, behind a monstrous 42-19 rebound advantage, with a 68-59 victory over La Salle (8-5)
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July 15, 1987 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lionel Simmons tried and failed in May to make the U.S. basketball team for the Pan-American Games, it gave him extra incentive to make the U.S. squad for the World Junior Games. "I was determined to play well," Simmons said. And he did. La Salle's 6-foot-6 sophomore-to-be was one of 12 players named to the team Sunday by coach Larry Brown. He will leave tomorrow for Italy to prepare for the first game of the championships on July 23 in Bormio, Italy. "I wanted to impress Coach Brown as much as I could," Simmons said yesterday in a telephone interview from Lawrence, Kan. "Coach Brown spoke a lot about being unselfish, so I tried to be unselfish and play well when I was in the post.
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August 30, 1990 | By Tom Mahon, Daily News Sports Writer
If you're tired of watching the Phils toil toward yet another subpar season, don't despair. Tonight you can turn off the tube and head down to Temple University's McGonigle Hall, where you can turn on to the 30th annual Baker League championship. The game, which pits the Jerome "Pooh" Richardson-led Carolina Rice team against the Lionel "L-Train" Simmons-led Ishkabibble's Eatery squad, will begin at 7:15. Admission is free, and the place is air conditioned, but that doesn't mean the action won't be hot on the court.
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November 22, 1988 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Lionel Simmons scored the first layup of the 1988-89 La Salle basketball season 14 seconds into a game against a Yugoslavian club team, the 1,100 fans at Heyman Hall applauded more in relief than ecstasy. Simmons, a 6-foot, 6-inch junior, is being mentioned as an All-America candidate this year. His coach, Speedy Morris, says Simmons "is one of the top 10 players in the country, definitely. " He is the centerfold of a league that doesn't have another pinup boy. An argument can be started over who is the best player in the Big 5, Simmons or Temple's Mark Macon.
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March 11, 1988 | By TED SILARY, Daily News Sports Writer
For Lionel Simmons, nervousness is not speaking to a gaggle of print reporters or into a thicket of microphones after scoring, say, 25 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for La Salle University's NCAA Tournament-bound basketball team. It's returning to Southern High, as he did yesterday, for a ceremony retiring his old No. 22 jersey, and having to speak to the students. "The press is easy to talk to compared to this," Simmons said with a laugh. "I was nervous at first, but then I did all right.
SPORTS
December 26, 1987 | Special to the Daily News
Although La Salle's Lionel Simmons is only a sophomore, he already has made a name for himself from coast to coast. And beyond. Simmons had 26 points and 14 rebounds yesterday as the Explorers held off a late Dayton rally to register a 69-66 victory in the Chaminade Classic. The Explorers, who finished 2-1 in the round-robin tournament, scored 10 straight points late in the first half, breaking a 19-19 tie on their way to a 29-21 lead at intermission. La Salle shot 27.3 percent (12-for-44)
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April 10, 1991 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
When Kareem "Rab" Townes followed the final season of Lionel Simmons' La Salle University basketball career in 1989-90, he did more than keep his eyes on the court. He watched how the coaches treated Simmons as a person. Also, he watched how the coaches made Simmons' mother, Ruth, feel equally as important as her son. "I thought a lot about Lionel and his mom, how nice the La Salle people were to them," Townes said. "I pictured the same things maybe happening for me, and them treating my mom (Minnie)
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January 22, 1998 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Retired at 29. Single. No responsibilities. All the money he'll ever need. All Lionel Simmons has to do now is live the rest of his life. For the first time since he was a kid, his life does not include basketball. The game is still there for him. Still has an allure. He's got a first-row baseline seat at the Sixers games. Watches as many NBA games as he can. But there are no more practices, no more games. Last Friday night, over dinner at the Italian Bistro, a few blocks from City Hall, Simmons, voted the best player in Big 5 history in a 1995 Daily News poll, talked about what's next.
NEWS
December 31, 1992 | By Paul J. Lim, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mrs. Klein is going to Washington. Simmons Elementary School Principal Rita M. Klein will trek to the nation's capital in March to meet with the new secretary of education, and perhaps even the new president, when she accepts a national award recognizing the Horsham school as one of the best in the country. Simmons, the largest of the Hatboro-Horsham School District's five elementary schools with 640 students, found out last week that it was one of seven elementary schools in the state and 228 in the country to receive the National Elementary School Recognition Award.
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September 2, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Ben's hot. Since he became the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft, 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has fans in Philadelphia and around the globe snatching up merchandise with his name on it, according to the largest online sports-apparel website. Since draft night, Fanatics.com is reporting that in terms of merchandise sales, Simmons is the 10th-best seller among National Basketball Association players. He's the highest-selling Philadelphia athlete in all sports across the Fanatics platform of hundreds of e-commerce sites, which includes SixersShop.com - the Sixers' official team store.
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July 28, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
We are learning about Ben Simmons in increments and loving what we are learning. Out in Utah and Las Vegas earlier this month, we got an initial look at the first overall pick taken by the 76ers in this year's NBA draft, and it validated the comparisons to Magic Johnson. The 6-foot-10 Australian handles the basketball with a dexterity that is uncanny for a man of his size, and he loves giving it to others. This week, thanks to videos on YouTube and Snapchat that were circulated by an 18-year-old man from Camden, we learned that Simmons' affection for giving extends beyond his teammates on the basketball court.
SPORTS
July 20, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
THE SCENE at the Las Vegas summer league is a casual one. Veteran players can be seen mingling with fans, as can coaches and general managers. Those participating are bused into the arena, then walk through a tunnel to a locker room. They will then come out to an area behind the basket where media is watching games and take in the action themselves before taking the court. Before a game last week, 76ers rookie Ben Simmons was standing, casually and half-heartedly watching the game before his. Soon a camera was staring at him and his image was posted up on the jumbotron at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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July 19, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
All eyes will be on Ben Simmons when the 76ers open the season in October, which is natural for the NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick. Folks will want to see if he can duplicate the passing ability he showcased in the Utah Jazz Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. They'll also look to see if the point forward moves better without the ball and improves his shot. There's a chance that fans will see some improvement in those areas, but it would be unrealistic for the 19-year-old to be on an accelerated learning program.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Eleven-year-old Nasheema Riddick, who aspires to be a firefighter, got to spend time Wednesday talking to and high-fiving three Philadelphia Fire Department officials. The officials, a fire marshal and two captains, were with the youngster to provide moral support while she testified against her stepfather, Maurice Phillips, charged with murder in the April 16 shooting of his 4-year-old daughter, Tahira Phillips. Nasheema told Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons how her 30-year-old stepfather was "playing with his gun" while she and five siblings watched SpongeBob SquarePants in their mother's bedroom in East Kensington.
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July 15, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
LAS VEGAS - No Ben Simmons and Christian Wood, no problem. The 76ers got a much-needed victory in the NBA Summer League in a game without their leading scorers. They defeated the NBA Development League Select team, 108-71, Wednesday in a playoff opener at the Thomas & Mack Center. "We just jumped on a team early," said Sixers summer-league coach Lloyd Pierce, whose squad led, 56-42, at the half. "We knew there was going to be a little bit of a push, and we jumped them again coming out of halftime.
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July 13, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - Perhaps the legs just weren't there. Maybe the excitement of the game 24 hours earlier, in a surprisingly packed arena filled mostly with Lakers' fans, had drained some energy. Whatever it was, the team that took the floor for the 76ers on Sunday in their second summer-league game at the Thomas & Mack Center looked about as flat as the desert in which they were playing. The offense was mostly dribble, dribble, dribble and dribble some more before a bad shot was taken or a turnover was produced.
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July 12, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - The hope is that Ben Simmons will grow his shot to respectability, so that defenders aren't constantly backing off him and clogging a lane that the Sixers hope will be filled by the massive Joel Embiid. The hope is that the reluctance Simmons showed to pull the trigger when open from 12-feet and beyond in his first three summer-league games will dissipate and that he will gain enough confidence to let it fly without hesitation or remorse. He may have given us a glimpse of what is to come in Sunday's 83-70 loss to the Bulls when he shot 7-for-13 for 18 points in a Las Vegas Summer League game.
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July 12, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
LAS VEGAS – For a team to have success in today's NBA, it is imperative to have a great facilitator. The player has to be someone that makes things easy for teammates. He's also the general, the leader, and the quarterback on the squad. In that regard, the 76ers just may be set with Ben Simmons. There are some who believe that the first overall pick needs to shoot the ball more. Others point out that he needs to become more active when the ball is not in his hands. While both are true, the Sixers aren't concerned.
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July 12, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
LAS VEGAS - The 76ers missed out on some targeted free agents, but they are working on signing the players they have. Dario Saric, a 2014 draft acquisition, is expected to play for the Sixers this season. Gerald Henderson signed his contract Saturday. The Sixers are expected to sign Jerryd Bayless shortly. Meanwhile, Sergio Rodriguez must pass FIBA clearance and get bought out of his contract before he's able to sign. While all of that is taking shape, the team's prized addition got offensive Sunday in the NBA Summer League.
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