Simmons enjoying his first NBA All-Star weekend

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The 21-year-old Australian is competing in the Rising Stars game which features 20 of the league’s top first or second year players.Simmons was selected with the top pick in the 2016 entry draft by the 76ers. He is still considered a rookie because he sat out all last season with an injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSimmons was the NBA rookie of the month for October, November and January and is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.He is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year Award but is getting some competition from Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league.Simmons said Friday that he is not thinking about the race.“I’m focused on my team making the playoffs,” he said. “So all the other accolades and awards will come in time if I do my job.”Asked if he watches Mitchell, Simmons said, “I’m not an individual type of guy. I watch team games.”He did say he hopes to eventually become of the top players in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments LOS ANGELES, CA – Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team posts up on Kris Dunn #32 of Team USA during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPNBA rookie Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday night.“I want to win, but I want to have fun at the same time. So having fun usually comes with winning,” said the Philadelphia 76ers player.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic hockey streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “Watching the guys at the top, LeBron (James), (Russell) Westbrook, Giannis (Antetokounmpo), K.D. (Kevin Durant), Steph (Curry), guys like that, they motivate me,” he said.Simmons was born in Melbourne but grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales where his father played and coached basketball.He has had good support from his family.“I’m grounded. I have a big family,” he said. “I’m the youngest of six, so they keep me grounded and let me know that I’m the youngest in the household.”He eventually hopes to move past the young stars game and play in the main all-star game on Sunday.“It’s really rare (for a rookie to make the All-Star Game). LeBron didn’t make it, guys like that. I think the last one was Blake (Griffin).“It’s obviously one of those things that I wanted to be in it, but it didn’t happen and we move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more