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Trade wars: 76ers coach ‘very bullish’ on Aussie NBA star

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers is singing the praises of Aussie NBA star, Ben Simmons

The Ben Simmons trade buzz is showing no signs of slowing down.

Simmons has been under fire for his performances with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA playoffs.

Despite Simmon’s free-throw line struggles, with the Philadelphia 76ers dumped out of the NBA postseason, Rivers says he is “very bullish on Ben”

 Rivers’ comments seem to indicate that he doesn’t want to trade Simmons.

Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (R) fist bumps head coach Doc Rivers (L) before a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, Rivers delivered a strong show of support for his point guard, telling TMZ Simmons is great, he wants him back and he is terrific.

“But there’s work. There is. And Ben will be willing to do it, and that’s the key. Sometimes you have to go through stuff to see it, and to be honest with it.”

It follows reports the 76ers have already rejected an offer from the Pacers for Simmons.

Simmons enjoyed a solid 2020-21 regular season, averaging 14.3 points and earning an All-Star selection.

He averaged only 9.9 points per game and shot 33 per cent from the free throw line in the conference semi-finals.

ESPN reported that Simmons’ 34.2 per cent free-throw percentage through the postseason was the worst in NBA history from a minimum of 70 attempts.

The playoffs were another story, of course. In the deciding game seven, Simmons only attempted four shots from the field.

We’ve heard the head coach say a few times now that Simmons will be putting in the hard work, but it remains to be seen whether Rivers can convince the Philly hierarchy to bank its trust in Simmons… or if the Aussie will be putting on a different singlet next season.

The scrutiny on Australia’s Ben Simmons has been intense

For now,  Simmons has decided to opt out of the Tokyo Olympics in an attempt to spend a full-off-season remedying his offensive limitations.

Australia’s head coach Brian Goorjian confirmed the news in a statement released by Basketball Australia last week on Tuesday morning (AEST).

“I have spoken with Ben and whilst we wanted him to be a part of our team, we understand and support his decision and he has made it clear that this is something that he wants to be a part of in the future,” Goorjian said.

“It is a pretty rough time for him right now and I know it is something that he wanted to do, but the timing just hasn’t worked.”

“We wanted him to know that in his time of need, the culture and the guys here are behind him and support him”.

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Chiefs secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles against 49ers

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Will Patrick Mahomes be hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? 

The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious once again, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim their second consecutive championship.

The high-stakes game kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams showcased exceptional skill and determination.

The 49ers, known for their strong defence, put up a formidable fight, but the Chiefs’ offensive prowess ultimately proved too much to handle.

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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs with a stellar performance, showcasing his prowess with strategic passes and crucial touchdowns.

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As the confetti rained down on the Chiefs, celebrations erupted both on the field and among fans worldwide, marking another historic moment in the team’s legacy.

With this victory, the Chiefs solidified their status as a dominant force in the NFL, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this powerhouse team.

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

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Amazon targets bankrupt Diamond Sports for streaming rights

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Amazon considers acquisition of Diamond Sports as part of its plan to expand streaming portfolio

Sources suggest that Amazon is eyeing the streaming rights for major sports leagues including MLB, NBA, and NHL, signalling the tech giant’s strategic move into the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting.

The potential deal with Diamond Sports would provide Amazon with a significant foothold in the sports streaming market, allowing the company to offer a comprehensive range of live sports content to its Prime Video subscribers.

This move aligns with Amazon’s broader strategy to diversify its entertainment offerings and attract a wider audience. The acquisition of streaming rights for popular sports leagues could make Amazon a major player in the competitive streaming landscape.

Industry experts speculate that Amazon’s interest in Diamond Sports is driven by the desire to capture the growing market for live sports streaming, a segment that has gained immense popularity in recent years.

The acquisition would not only give Amazon access to a vast library of sports content but also position the company as a formidable competitor to traditional broadcasters in the live sports broadcasting arena.

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Disney’s sport streaming goals

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Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.

In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.

The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.

Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.

This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.

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