Simmons on LeBron’s Sixers snub
LeBron James already knew of his decision by the time Ben Simmons spoke to the four-time MVP about joining the Philadelphia 76ers.
At least that’s what the 2018 Rookie of the Year himself thinks, having commented on James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers, 76ers and the Houston Rockets were the three teams James had to pick between after opting out of the final year of his contract with Cleveland Cavaliers.
But James eventually chose the lure of the illustrious Lakers franchise despite the Rockets and the 76ers’ rosters appearing more ready-made for NBA championship contention.
James has admitted he enjoys the challenge of helping a team to grow into challengers and 22-year-old Simmons believes his mind was already made up by the time he got in touch to encourage a move to Philly.
“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.”
In a separate interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph, Simmons admitted he was somewhat disappointed not to join up with James.
“A little bit,” he said. “At the same time, he did the right thing for him and his family. But it would’ve been great to learn from him, him being on the team and obviously competing for a championship. But we have pieces to get there.”
Curry reveals Golden State hope
Steph Curry wants to see out the remainder of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors.
The two-time MVP recently signed a new five-year supermax contract that keeps him with Golden State until 2022.
And the 30-year-old Warriors guard, entering his 10th season with the team after being drafted by the Warriors in 2009, has no plans on leaving any time soon.
That’s despite it having been mooted that he may want to join the Charlotte Hornets where his father, Dell Curry, played 10 years of his 16-year spell in the league in the 80s and 90s.
But asked if he wanted to stay in California for the rest of his career on the Bill Simmons Podcast, Charlotte native Curry declared: “For sure I do. This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.
“I love the Bay Area, man. The only reason I go home now is if my sister’s getting married or to go play the Hornets for that one game, so I haven’t really been back much. I haven’t put my mind there.”
The five-time All-Star has won three of the last four available NBA titles with Steve Kerr’s team the outstanding favourites to win another ring this year.
Melo in the top 10?
Carmelo Anthony still ranks among the top 10 players in the NBA.
That’s the controversial claim of his new Houston Rockets team-mate Nene.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year, $2.4million contract with the Rockets on Monday having been bought out from the Atlanta Hawks, where he was sent by the Oklahoma City Thunder in return for Dennis Schroder.
But his arrival in Houston has been met with widespread skepticism having come off his worst ever season.
Anthony has never started on the bench in his 1,000-plus game NBA career and it remains uncertain how he will be utilised by Mike D’Antoni. But if veteran big man Nene’s comments are anything to go by, he’ll be an important piece for the Rockets.
Nene said: “He can be whatever he wants to be. He’s talented. It doesn’t matter how old he is.
“When he commits to do the right thing and they use his talent, man get out of the way. Simple as that.
“For me he’s a top-10 player in the league, still.”