Ben Simmons playing like a Boss – the boy from Knox

Ben Simmons – yes he’s Australian! Started playing basketball at 10 years of age for the Knox Raiders and at Whitefriars College.

Look at him now (from Associated Press)

Ben Simmons is drawing high praise for his growing leadership of the Philadelphia 76ers during the NBA playoffs.

Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 4.07.12 pm.png

Philadelphia have won three straight games against the Brooklyn Nets and need one more win to reach the second round and a likely match up against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors.

Simmons has been instrumental to the Sixers rebounding from a disappointing game one defeat, averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists during Philadelphia’s winning streak in the feisty series.

Teammates are taking notice of the young Australian’s increasing influence.

“Ben is out there leading this group,” the Sixers’ four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler said.

“He is our point guard and he is running everything because he is so smart and he knows how to get guys the ball in positions where they can score.”

While Simmons has impressed offensively, the best part of his performance has come on the defensive end, according to teammates.

Simmons has been tasked with defending D’Angelo Russell and has used his size and athleticism to restrict the Nets’ All-Star point guard to a disappointing 39 per cent shooting from the field.

“Ben has done a tremendous job defending D’Angelo and contesting every single three that he has taken,” Butler said.

Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 4.08.36 pm.png

Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown described Simmons’ defensive performance as exceptional and said he wasn’t surprised by the impressive showing.

“Ben is incredibly confident within himself,” Brown said.

“He has put in a tremendous amount of work in addition to being pretty damn good, so I am just so happy for him to play like he has played.”

Simmons has joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only players to record at least 200 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists through their first 14 NBA playoff games.

His individual performance places Simmons among NBA royalty but the 22-year-old is solely focused on winning games during the most important time of the season.

“I feel that everybody has the same mindset here and we want to win,” Simmons said.

“I know we have the pieces to do it and it’s going to be tough but we are together.”

Philadelphia can eliminate Brooklyn with a victory on Wednesday (AEST) and Simmons is expecting the Nets to be desperate as they fight to save their season.

“We have to keep the same mentality in game five as the last few games we have played,” Simmons said.

“It’s going to be one of those games where we have to stay tough, stay with it and stay together.”

Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 4.08.47 pm.png

Toronto are 3-1 up in their series against Orlando Magic and aiming to clinch it on Wednesday (AEST).

Source: smh.com.au

To play any sport at the highest level requires the very best in equipment, playing arenas and training facilities. For those living in Victoria who play Basketball, Netball, Volleyball or do Gymnastics, we are blessed with an excellent coverage of high quality indoor stadiums. Major stadiums with sprung timber FIFA approved timber flooring are now available across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

It really doesn’t matter what level you play – whether it’s juniors, seniors or veterans – playing on a professional surface ensues premium performance, less injuries and a faster game. Today Nellakir have been instrumental in the construction of significant numbers of ‘community’ courts as part of the Victorian Government’s PPP (Public Private Partnership) program. Located in primary, secondary and tertiary schools, universities and TAFEs, the courts are made available to local communities for recreational sports activity as well.

It means kids start their sports careers or activity on the very best in Sports Flooring – Sprung Timber Sports Floors.

Timber Sports Flooring requires regular maintenance. Each year the court should be resurfaced and re-lined. It should be assessed for wear and tear and every 5-7 years be re-sanded.

Nellakir provide an excellent annual maintenance plan for Timber Sports Flooring that ensures longevity and premium performance.

Nellakir are the leading experts in both Construction and Maintenance of Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 for a quick response from our technical staff. Book a time for a free consultation and quotation on all your Timber Sports Flooring requirements. Nellakir choose to use ASF/Horner timber sports flooring components exclusively.

So whether you’re watching a game at the State Basketball Centre at Wantirna, Victorian State Netball courts at Royal Park, the Bendigo Stadium, the Casey Stadium, the Eagle Stadium in Werribee or just watching your kids play at the local school in South Melbourne – it’s being played on a Nellakir installed competition court.

Just remember Nellakir – The Sports Flooring for Champions.

Advertisements