He is one of the NBAs most talented stars. But Damian Lillard credited and praised Ben Simmons for increasing basketball's popularity in Australia. The 29-year-old told Sydney Confidential: 'Ben has definitely made it (basketball in Australia) stronger as far as his star power.' 'He's the guy taking it to the next level!' Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard (pictured) credited and praised Ben Simmons for increasing basketball's popularity in Australia Ben, who was born in Melbourne and plays point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, is currently on a lucrative 5-year contract worth $170 million according to NBC Sports. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I would never': Larsa Pippen denies hooking up with Kendall... Moving on, already? Ben Simmons sparks romance rumours with... Switching codes! NBA star Ben Simmons puts on an animated... Showing his support! Kendall Jenner's ex Ben Simmons cuts a... Share this article Share … [Read more...] about ‘He’s the guy taking it to the next level!’ NBA star Damian Lillard praises Ben Simmons for making basketball ‘stronger’ in Australia
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NBA star Ben Simmons was at the centre of a fracas of Melbourne's Crown Casino after he accused them of racial profiling earlier this month. And on Saturday, The Philadelphia 76ers player - who is Australia's highest paid athlete - looked casual cool as he jetted into Sydney. The 23-year-old defiantly wore a pair of camouflage pants, which were famously cited as one of the possible reasons why he was turned away from the casino. Defiant: NBA player Ben Simmons, 23, (pictured) was back in camo pants while jetting into Sydney Airport on Saturday, after he accused Melbourne's Crown Casino of racial profiling The Melbourne-born basketball player looked relaxed as he strolled through arrivals terminal, at one point posing for a photograph with a young fan. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It actually became a place I hated to walk onto': Adam... Basketball star Ben Simmons becomes the highest-paid... Kimora Lee Simmons is left in … [Read more...] about NBA star Ben Simmons defiantly wears the same camo pants as the night he claimed he was tossed out of Melbourne’s Crown Casino due to racial profiling
After years of taking heat for voicing their opinions on political and social issues, NBA players and coaches have found themselves this week being attacked for the exact opposite. With a cold war brewing between the NBA and China over a tweet made, and subsequently deleted, by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protestors in Hong Kong, the league’s biggest names have mostly responded with a very loud silence. That in and itself has drawn criticism in the US, even while it has seemingly done nothing to appease China itself. Indeed, the Rockets are facing a boycott in China, and sponsorships and broadcasting deals for the whole league are under threat. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has attempted to placate everybody by expressing regret for Morey’s statements while reaffirming his employees’ rights to free speech. Unfortunately, he has been trying to find middle ground unaware that there is none. As a result, voices from both the left and right … [Read more...] about Are NBA stars and coaches hypocrites for not speaking out on China?
He might be one of the biggest NBA stars around. But on Saturday, Australian athlete Ben Simmons switched codes - for the afternoon at least. The 23-year-old cut a casual figure and put on an animated display as he watched an AFL game in his hometown of Melbourne, watching the match between Essendon and Port Adelaide. Switching codes! NBA star Ben Simmons put on an animated display as he watched an AFL game between Essendon and Port Adelaide in his hometown of Melbourne on Saturday Team goals! At one point, Ben appeared elated and jumped for joy in the corporate box - along with several of his mates - when his team no doubt scored a goal Ben donned a red Nike sweater, which was emblazoned with the brand's trademark tick. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Showing his support! Kendall Jenner's ex Ben Simmons cuts a... Fashion forward! NBA star Ben Simmons steps out of his... Ben Simmons cuts a handsome figure in plaid at Sports... … [Read more...] about Switching codes! NBA star Ben Simmons puts on an animated display as he watches an AFL game between Essendon and Port Adelaide in his hometown of Melbourne
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to facilitation of first-degree murder in his shooting death nine years ago, a surprise development in a high-profile case. Sherra Wright also pleaded guilty to facilitation of a criminal attempt to commit first degree murder in a hearing in Shelby County Criminal Court. Judge Lee Coffee sentenced her to 30 years in prison. Coffee said Sherra Wright would be eligible for parole once she served 30% of her sentence, which would be around nine years. Sherra Wright had been scheduled to face a jury in a September trial on first-degree murder charges in the death of her ex-husband. His body was found riddled with gunshot wounds in a field in suburban Memphis in July 2010. He had been missing for 10 days before his body was found. During the hearing, Sherra Wright answered questions from the judge in a soft voice. She said she has been taking medication for anxiety and depression. Lorenzen Wright’s family … [Read more...] about Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright pleads guilty in killing of former NBA star