Twitter reacts to Ben Simmons hitting a three

It was a special night in Philadelphia on Tuesday as the 76ers hosted China’s Guangzhou Long-Lions. On this night in Philly, something that has never been seen before happened! Ben Simmons hit his first three-point shot in the NBA. While it’s only preseason and took three years for this to happen, the fans at the Wells Fargo Center celebrated like it was 1999.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Simmons’ big shot:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Embiid: ‘My goal is Defensive Player of the Year and MVP'(VIDEO)

76ers C Joel Embiid has proven that he is one of the best big men in the NBA. Last season, Embiid had career highs in points(27.5) and rebounds(13.5) per game, and games played(64). However, near the end of last season and in the playoffs, Embiid struggled with knee tendonitis, which impacted his performance. 

To become a better player, Embiid felt he had to lose weight. According to the fifth-year player, he has lost 20 pounds. The 25-year-old Embiid believes the weight loss will help him as he tries to achieve four goals this season: winning a championship, getting the number one seed, winning Defensive Player of the Year, and becoming an MVP.

“Going into this year, one of the things we gotta focus on is we really want that number one seed, and that’s going to take 60 and over in wins,” Embiid said at 76ers’ media day. “And I know that team success also helps me when it comes to my goal is Defensive Player of the Year and MVP…

“My whole mindset is focused on winning. I gotta win at least 60 games. I know it’s going to put me in a better situation when it comes to other things, so that’s what I’m focused on, and obviously, you gotta championship. We got a championship-caliber team. We have a chance to win it, so it’s all about building that team chemistry and making sure everybody stays on the same page. I think we are going to be fine.”

Obviously, Embiid has to play more than 64 games to win MVP, and he expects to do that.

“It’s definitely going to be over that,” Embiid said.

Philly has the talent to be in the mix for an NBA title, and Embiid has the ability to be an MVP and DPOY. Therefore, if the 76ers have one of the better records in basketball and Embiid stays healthy, maybe all Embiid’s goals will be fulfilled. 

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76ers’ Ben Simmons: ‘I think I am an elite player’

Entering his third season in the NBA, 76ers point guard Ben Simmons is looking to take that next step. Last season, Simmons became an All-Star for the first time and helped lead the 76ers to the Eastern Conference semifinals, and after re-signing Tobias Harris, and bringing in Al Horford and Josh Richardson, to go along with what they have with Simmons and Joel Embiid, Philadelphia is expected to do big things this season, and for that to happen, Simmons has to be at his very best.

“I think I’m locked in,” Simmons said at 76ers’ media day on Monday. “I don’t know what’s changed, a switch, or whatever it was, but I feel locked in; I feel ready. This summer has been huge for me. I’ve been working.

Recently, Simmons stated that he has fallen back in love with the game. On Monday, he explained how that happened.

“I think I was just too worried about what people were saying, and what was going on around, too many outside noises, and I was able to really block them out this summer, and just not really focus on what people were saying,” Simmons said. “At the end of the day, I don’t really care anymore, unless, it’s coming from somebody in my circle or somebody trying to help me get better.”

This summer, Simmons signed a five-year extension with the 76ers, so he will be in Philadelphia for the next few seasons, and if he continues to grow as a player, Simmons will be an elite player, which he believes he is at this point of his career.

“I think I am an elite player. I think I am elite at what I do, and what I did last season,” he said. “I’m happy to be here for another five years. I really don’t want to be anywhere else, obviously, so I’m excited about what we have going on. I’m excited about the new guys coming in. I think we have a real special opportunity to do something major here.”

Over the summer, a video surfaced of Simmons knocking down jump shots during workouts. At this point, Simmons is confident in the work that he’s put in. 

“I think I’m just confident in the work I’ve been putting in,” he said. “That’s the best way to say it. I’m more confident in what I’ve been doing and the reps I’ve been putting in.”

Regarding Simmons as an elite player, I think he has to develop a consistent jump shot to make that happen, and if he does, he will be elite. Fortunately for him, he is only 23, so he has a lot of time to improve and become an elite player for years to come.

76ers bring back Haywood Highsmith

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Haywood Highsmith, the team announced today.

Highsmith, who was waived by the 76ers in June, represented the team at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019, where he appeared in four games, starting one. He tallied 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per contest. 

Recently, he competed in the 2019 NBA G League International Challenge presented by Antel in Montevideo, Uruguay, from Wednesday, Sept. 18-Sunday, Sept. 22. The six-team tournament also included Argentina’s San Lorenzo, Brazil’s Flamengo, Germany’s FC Bayern Munich, Mexico’s Capitanes and Uruguay’s Elite Team. The NBA G League Elite roster finished second in the competition.

 During his rookie season in 2018-19, Highsmith began the year with the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers’ G League affiliate, before signing a two-way contract with Philadelphia on Jan. 8. In 46 G League games (42 starts), he averaged 12.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32.2 minutes per contest. He appeared in five NBA games for Philadelphia.

 Originally from Baltimore, Highsmith was acquired by the Blue Coats before the 2018-19 season after a four-year collegiate career at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.

(VIDEO) Ben Simmons’ jump shot is looking really good

When the season ended, Sixers fans were hoping and praying that Ben Simmons would find a jump shot in the offseason. Well, based on this latest video, their wishes may have come true.

Simmons, who recently signed a max-deal with the 76ers, looks like he has been working hard on his jump shot.  You need proof?

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76ers scheduled to appear on national television 24 times next season

After making a big splash in the offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers are must-see TV. The NBA announced the schedule for the 2019-20 regular season today, and the Sixers will have 24 regular-season games that are slated to be on national TV across ABC, ESPN and TNT, including a season-opening matchup at home against Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Philadelphia will also play 12 times on NBA TV.

The 76ers open the road schedule at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against the Pistons, before concluding the team’s first trip on Monday, Oct. 28 against the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Philadelphia is set to host 2018-19 Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at The Center on Christmas Day. The game is set for Wednesday, Dec. 25 and will be televised on ABC, starting at 2:30 p.m. The 76ers’ last Christmas Day home game was played on Dec. 25, 1988, when Philadelphia topped Washington 125-110, as Hall of Famer Charles Barkley tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds. Having played the last two Christmases (Boston, 2018; New York, 2017), this marks the 76ers’ third straight appearance on Christmas Day. The last time Philadelphia played on three consecutive Christmas Days was from 1986-88.

The Bucks, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and 76ers are set to face off three more times in 2019-20, with each game being played on national television. The two teams will meet twice in the month of February at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at 8 p.m. on TNT and Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Philadelphia and Milwaukee will close out the four-game season series at The Center on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.

Other notable highlights include:

  • To tip off an early season four-game Western Conference road trip, the 76ers will visit All-Star Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, Nov. 2 (10 p.m.).
  • On Nov. 6 (9 p.m.), Philadelphia will take on 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and the new-look Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
  • The 76ers will visit the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Monday, Nov. 25 (7:30 p.m.) in the first of four matchups between the division rivals. Last postseason, the two teams played a seven-game Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
  • 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will make their lone appearance at The Center on Friday, Dec. 13 (7 p.m.).
  • In the two teams’ second matchup of the 2019-20 season, Philadelphia will visit Boston and All-Star Kemba Walker on Thursday, Dec. 12 (8 p.m.) on TNT.
  • Philadelphia will take on Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Dec. 15 (6 p.m.) at Barclays Center in the first of four matchups between the two teams. Also included in the four-game series, the Nets and 76ers will face off in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee on Monday, Jan. 20 (3 p.m.) at Barclays Center.
  • The Dallas Mavericks, led by 2018-19 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Dončić and All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, will travel to Philadelphia for a Friday, Dec. 20 (8 p.m.) matchup on ESPN.
  • On Saturday, Jan. 25 (8:30 p.m.) on ABC, The Center will play host to All-Stars Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers.
  • Three days later, on Tuesday, Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m.), the Golden State Warriors, led by All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell will make their lone visit to Philadelphia.
  • The 76ers will play host to 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, All-Star running mate Paul George and the L.A. Clippers on Tuesday, Feb. 11 (7 p.m.) on TNT.
  • Philadelphia’s March 1-7 road trip will feature games at the L.A. Clippers (Sunday, March 1, 3:30 p.m., ABC), the L.A. Lakers (Tuesday, March 3, 10 p.m., TNT), Sacramento (Thursday, March 5, 10 p.m.) and Golden State (Saturday, March 7, 8:30 p.m., ABC). Three of the four games will be nationally televised.
  • On Tuesday, March 31 (7:30 p.m.) on TNT, the 76ers will take on Houston Rockets’ All-Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook in the only game between the two teams in Philadelphia.
  • The 76ers will have 18 weekend games (six Fridays, seven Saturdays, five Sundays) at The Center.
  • Philadelphia will play six games on ABC this season, tied for the most in the NBA (L.A. Lakers).

Philadelphia’s final regular season game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at The Center against the Hornets.

 BREAKDOWN BY MONTH:

OCTOBER: 4 games (2 home, 2 road)

NOVEMBER: 16 games (7 home, 9 road)

DECEMBER: 16 games (9 home, 7 road)

JANUARY: 13 games (6 home, 7 road)

FEBRUARY: 11 games (6 home, 5 road)

MARCH: 15 games (8 home, 7 road)

APRIL: 7 games (3 home, 4 road)

76ers sign Isaiah Miles

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Isaiah Miles, the team announced today. No terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 Miles appeared in four games last month for Orlando in MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 and previously played for Philadelphia in summer league competition in both 2017 and 2018. 

Last season, Miles played for Limoges CSP, a French team competing in Pro A, the top professional league in the country. In 50 games (33 starts), Miles tallied 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. Known as a threat from three-point range, Miles shot .414 from beyond the arc on 3.7 attempts per game. He has also played professionally for Uşak Sportif (Turkey) and JDA Dijon Basket (France).

 A four-year standout at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, Miles was the Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder as a senior, notching 18.1 points and 8.1 boards per contest. The Baltimore native helped lead the team to a 28-8 record and a No. 8 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament where they reached the second round.

76ers announce preseason schedule

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team’s preseason schedule in advance of the 2019-20 NBA season. The 76ers will tip off the preseason on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with a tilt against a Chinese professional team, the Guangzhou Loong-Lions (CBA), at 7 p.m. ET at The Center.
This marks the third consecutive preseason in which the Loong Lions will take on an NBA team, having faced off with Washington in both 2017 and 2018. Three days after the Guangzhou contest, the 76ers will visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be played at a neutral site: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Philadelphia will then take on Orlando in its final road contest of the preseason on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at Amway Center.
Detroit and Washington will be the 76ers’ final two opponents of the 2019 preseason, and both games will be played at The Center at 7 p.m. First, Philadelphia will host the Pistons on Tuesday, Oct. 15, before closing out the exhibition schedule against the Wizards on Friday, Oct. 18.
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See below for the 76ers full preseason schedule.
 

76ers’ Brand on Trey Burke: ‘good fit for our roster’

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed G Trey Burke, the team announced today.  According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Last season, In 58 games with the Knicks and Mavericks, Burke, 26, averaged 10.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 19.4 minutes per game.

“Trey’s experience as a ball handler matched with his scoring ability makes him a good fit for our roster,” Brand said. “We’re excited to welcome him to the 76ers and look forward to the positive impact he can have on our team.”

The former University of Michigan star, had a few breakout performances in his career, which included a career-high 42 points and 12 assists against the Hornets in March of 2018.

Burke was originally drafted by Minnesota with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before his draft rights were traded to Utah. Following his debut season, Burke was selected to the 2013-14 All-Rookie First Team.

With the move, Burke, Raul Neto, and Shake Milton will probably be competing for the backup point guard spot. It’s a solid acquisition for the 76ers. You get a young guy in Burke who has shown flashes in his career. Also, if Burke can play well for the 76ers, he could possibly put himself in position to get a bigger deal with 76ers or elsewhere, the following season.

While fans loved T.J. McConnell, who signed with the Pacers this offseason, the additions of Burke and Neto should be an upgrade for the 76ers at the point guard spot.

Some believe that Burke resembles former 76ers great Allen Iverson. Hopefully, for 76ers fans, Burke’s game resembles Iverson next season.

JJ Redick on losing to Toronto: ‘The rest of the playoffs were tough to watch’

In the NBA, when you play in a Game 7, anything can happen, which was the case when the Philadelphia 76ers went toe-to-toe with the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

As we all know, this series came down to the final seconds, and it all ended when Kawhi Leonard made an improbable buzzer-beater to eliminate Philadelphia from the playoffs. Ultimately, the Raptors would win an NBA title, and 76ers could only think about what could have been.

On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans had a conference call to introduce former 76ers G JJ Redick to the media. Redick signed a reported two-year deal at $26.5 million with New Orleans.

During the call, Redick, who spent two seasons in Philadelphia, discussed how he viewed the Raptors winning it all.

“In a way, you’re more mad about the sort of outcome of the Raptors winning because of how you lost, and at the same time, you are in some way, sort of validated because they were the team that won and you were that close,” Redick said.

“The rest of the playoffs were tough to watch. I’m such a fan of the game. I watch every playoff game. In some years when you realize you didn’t necessarily have a chance to win it all, it can be sort of enjoyable. When you feel like you’re in the running and you’re close, when you lose in that manner, it’s tough to watch. Yeah, it was tough to watch.”

While the 35-year-old Redick will not be apart of the 76ers moving forward, he did acknowledge that Philadelphia made him an offer, and he discussed how much of a great time had with the team.

“Yes, there was an offer made,” Redick said. “My time in Philly was two of the best years of my career. I love everyone in that organization. I have nothing but respect for (owners) Josh(Harris), Blitz(David Blitzer) and Elton(Brand) and Brett (Brown). I love all those guys.”

With Jimmy Butler and Redick out the door, the 76ers will look much different next season, but many believe by re-signing Tobias Harris, adding Al Horford and Josh Richardson, that the 76ers will be a better team next season. They will miss Redick’s shooting and Butler’s playmaking ability, but they will gain something on the defensive end. Whether that will equal better, will be something we will find out next season.

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