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Ben Simmons Authentic Jersey

NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Simmons(Ben Simmons Jersey) was signing 76ers jerseys and eating cheesesteaks before he was even drafted.

He’ll wear a team uniform for real soon enough.

With the great hope he can lift one of the worst franchises in professional sports, the Philadelphia 76ers took Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Simmons, the 6-foot-10, 242-pound forward out of LSU, was the top choice all along for Philly.

Up next, the 76ers went overseas to finish the first round.

The Sixers picked Timothe Luwawu out of France with the 24th overall pick and drafted guard Furkan Korkmaz out of the Turkish league with the 26th pick of the first round. Team president Bryan Colangelo had been open about his desire to nab another top-10 pick, and rumors swirled all day that the Sixers were willing to deal big men Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor to make it happen.

“We were the recipient of more calls than calls going out,” coach Brett Brown said. “There’s a lot of interest in our players.”

Brown said he envisioned Simmons as a power forward – Noel’s position, though Okafor also played there.

“That will sort itself out,” Brown said.

The Sixers offered the Minnesota Timberwolves Noel, Robert Covington and the Nos. 24 and 26 picks for Providence point guard Kris Dunn, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams were not publicly discussing trade proposals.

The Sixers also have roughly $60 million in salary cap space as they and build toward respectability following a 10-72 season. With their second pick of the first round they drafted Luwawu, a 21-year-old 6-6 small forward.

“I’m a complete player,” he said in New York.

Korkmaz plays on the same Anadolu Efes club with 76ers prospect Dario Saric and might be stashed overseas for another season or two.

The Sixers did not have a second-round pick.

The 76ers had the top pick for the first time since they drafted Allen Iverson in 1996. He led the Sixers to their last NBA finals appearance in 2001.

“Congratulations (at)BenSimmons25. I know you’ll make all of us Philly fans proud!!” Iverson tweeted.

Simmons must have been thrilled one of his favorite players took time to welcome him to Philadelphia.

“I actually had a poster of AI when I was young in my room,” the 19-year-old Simmons said. “It was a big diamond-cut poster of him with the braids. I just remember him being one of those point guards, a smaller guy with braids and cornrows and the headbands. I remember I used to have the cornrows when I was younger. He was one of those players that fought every day.”

The Sixers haven’t won an NBA title since 1983.

Maybe Simmons can make the difference.

Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists, the only SEC player ever to finish in the top five in all three categories. But the Tigers were only 19-14, failing to make the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m happy that the Sixers chose me,” he said at Barclays Center in New York. “It’s a great city and I’m looking forward to getting to Philly.”

Simmons, who grew up in Australia before moving to Florida for three years of high school at Montverde Academy, has already signed a $20 million sneaker deal with Nike and will be the feature of a Showtime documentary film called “ONE & DONE” that will debut in October, just before he debuts in the NBA.

He never demonstrated he could make jump shots consistently, rarely shooting from outside and going only 1 of 3 from 3-point range all season. He also exhibited an inclination to pass, rather than create his own shot, in the late stages of close games.

Simmons also had academic issues that made him ineligible for the Wooden Award, which is presented to the nation’s top college player.

Simmons didn’t work out for Philadelphia until Tuesday but there was familiarity with him long ago, Brown coached Simmons’ father in Australia. Simmons said Brown told him that someday he might play in the NBA.

He’ll get that chance in Philadelphia.

He could be one of at least three first-round picks to debut for Philly in 2016 – with two coming from the 2014 draft. The Sixers might finally have Saric should he break free from the final year of his European deal. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick of the `14 draft, is inching closer to returning to the court and make his NBA debut after missing the last two seasons with foot injuries.

Brown said Thursday the Sixers would have an update on Saric’s future “very soon” and Embiid has started 5-on-5 drills.

“You can’t help but feel like you can touch people and see a team that’s taking shape and not feel like it’s going to move a lot,” Brown said. “There are a few people on this team you can touch and wrap your arms around. We can grow with it as a city and as an organization.”

Under a plan hatched by former general manager Sam Hinkie, the Sixers sacrificed talent and wins for three seasons to stockpile lottery picks they believed would become the building blocks for a contender.

The time to move forward started Thursday.

Stephen Curry Womens Jersey

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) believes he needs to play better than he ever has in Game 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

“I need to play my best game of the year, if not my career,” he said after practice Saturday.

“Because of what the stakes are — that doesn’t mean score 50 points, though,” he added. “That means control the tempo of the game. I need to be aggressive, where I need to push the envelope.”

Teammate Marreese Speights, though, expects Curry to do just that: score 50.

“Steph’s gonna go off on Sunday,” Speights wrote Saturday in an essay for The Players’ Tribune. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out and scores 50. With all the things the media’s been saying about him, and everything on Twitter, I know he’s going to respond. I know it. And then all the other guys are going to fall into place. That’s how it works for us.”

Curry is averaging 23.5 points on 17.5 shots per game in the series, but he has more turnovers than assists. He also fouled out of Game 6, prompting him to throw his mouthpiece, which hit Andrew Forbes, son of Cavs minority owner Nate Forbes. Curry, who was subsequently ejected, apologized to Forbes on his way to the locker room with 4:22 left in the game.

Of the sequence, Curry said Saturday, “I was going to the bench either way, so I might as well have kept walking to the locker room. That’s kind of how I view it, in a funny way. But the way that we move on is win Game 7 and have a lot more fun postgame.”

Curry did not shy away from the negative implications of potentially losing Game 7. Asked if a Finals loss would make the team’s historic 73-win regular season a failure, the back-to-back MVP said, “Yeah, pretty much, because that was our goal from the beginning.”

“We’re here on Game 7 with a chance to do it,” he said. “We’ve had two chances already, haven’t gotten it done, 48 minutes to do it, so if we come up short, we’ll all be very, very, very disappointed. No two ways around it.”

Curry’s wife, Ayesha, became the focus of some controversy when she tweeted of Game 6: “I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money … Or ratings in not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live sry.” Ayesha Curry later deleted the tweet.

Asked about the controversy Saturday, Stephen Curry said, “There’s nothing really that’s going to distract me from what’s happening on the court. I get asked about it, and it’s between me and Ayesha, the conversations about what happened. That’s going to be handled.”

He added: “That doesn’t take any spotlight off of what my job is on the floor and what these next 48 minutes are going to be like in Game 7. So that’s kind of all I’m worried about.”

Curry concluded with a joke: “I might have to cut the Wi-Fi off in my house there.”

Authentic Stephen Curry Jersey

CLEVELAND — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t get a vote on whether Stephen Curry(Stephen Curry Jersey) would play in this summer’s Rio Olympics, but he was relieved at Curry’s choice to remove himself from consideration this week.

“I was not consulted. That’s Steph’s decision,” Kerr said Tuesday. “As his coach, I’m pleased. He needs rest. [It's] two straight years going to the Finals. He’s had injuries not only this year, but in the past. I think rest will serve him really well, but it’s up to each individual player if he wants the experience or not.”

Curry cited the need to rest his right knee after he suffered a sprain earlier in the playoffs. On Tuesday, Curry said he was aware of the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil but that it didn’t affect his decision.

“I followed the reports and kind of got educated on [Zika], but at the end of the day that didn’t have a bearing on my decision,” Curry said. “It was assessing my body and knowing what it was going to take for me to finish this playoff run.”

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been noncommittal about the Olympics for the past year, though he did attend last summer’s mandatory meeting for Team USA in Las Vegas. James remained firmly on the fence Tuesday and said the decision of players like Curry and LaMarcus Aldridge, who also withdrew his name this week, would not affect him.

“My decision has never been on anyone either playing on the team or being invited or not playing,” said James, whose Cavaliers lost the first two games of the NBA Finals. “I haven’t made a decision yet, and I probably will make it right after the season’s over.”

Curry’s fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, indicated he still wants to play for Team USA. There is a training camp scheduled for July, but managing director Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski have said they will name a 12-person team by the end of the month and Thompson is likely to make the roster.

Thompson made it clear he wants to play but acknowledged Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes, has been on his mind.

“I hope to play for Team USA. It would be a great honor. Just thinking about the Olympics gives me butterflies, just because that’s a dream I’ve always had as a kid,” Thompson said.

“I’m not going to lie to you: Mosquitoes love me. I grew up in Oregon. I felt like I was always getting bit. So it’s no joking matter, but it’s a little concerning. But at the same time you’ve just got to take the precautionary steps to avoid it. But it’s not going to deter me from going. Obviously, I’d still love to go represent my country.”