“I’ll say this on record,” said Hart. “Ben Simmons is a f—ing star. Philadelphia, man, we’re a different city. Look, you gotta let players play like they play. Like, he got there by playing how he plays. Now granted, this is a three-shooting time in the NBA. That ain’t Ben! Now because of the media and how they position things, well somehow we forgot about all the good that he did. Wasn’t he an All-Star? Wasn’t he All-Defensive Team?
“You get to this stage in the playoffs where the lights are on, I understand it,” added Hart. “People don’t want nothing but results, and those results should come in a win. But I’m telling you guys. As a point guard, that man stands 6-foot-10. As a 6-foot-10 point guard, if you’re telling me that’s not a valuable asset, then I don’t know basketball. I know him. I think he’s young. He’s a great dude. He’s got a great f—ing future and a great career ahead of him. For him, this is nothing but a time to bear down and each year show progression. But I don’t like that in this time today, we forget so fast.”
Hart is a Philadelphia native who often sits courtside at Sixers games. As such, he has been there to witness Simmons’ progression since Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. Hart also brings up a good point in that Simmons, despite all the criticism, has now made three straight All-Star teams and two straight All-Defensive First Teams.
Many athletes and celebrities have had their own personal Kobe Bryant stories to share since the NBA legend tragically died in a helicopter crash back in January, and Kevin Hart’s is easily one of the best.
Hart recently took to social media to reveal that he attended a basketball camp with Bryant when the two were both in high school. The camp was in Philadelphia and run by former La Salle University basketball coach Speedy Morris. At the time, Hart had aspirations of playing at a top college program, while Bryant was already established as one of the best players in the country. But one thing really stuck out about Kobe at this particular camp — he used nothing but his left hand.
According to Hart, Morris tried to motivate the campers a few days in by pointing out that Bryant was using the time to work on shooting, dribbling and passing with only his left hand. The whole story is worth listening to, but the best part starts at around 2:57.
.@KevinHart4real tells an incredible story about Kobe’s unparalleled work ethic and focus
“Kobe Bryant approached the camp to only work on his left hand,” Hart recalled. “He never shot the ball with his right hand, he never dribbled the ball with his right hand. Kobe Bryant played us left-handed. The opportunity I thought was gonna be the biggest of my life was an (expletive) practice pad for Kobe Bryant. The moments I thought I was playing some of the hardest defense ever, Kobe Bryant was just counting in his head, ‘One dribble, two dribble, three dribble, four…’
“We didn’t even know he was practicing on us until the head coach made us all feel stupid for not working as hard as he worked. Needless to say, that’s when my NBA dreams were shattered.”
It’s somewhat cliche to say a star athlete “works harder than anyone you will ever see,” but that was certainly true in Bryant’s case. There’s plenty of evidence to support that, and Shaq helped spell it out for us with an awesome story he shared about Kobe’s rookie year a while back.
There aren’t many high schoolers who would dedicate an entire basketball camp to only using one hand. Kobe was that type of competitor, which is a big reason he won five NBA titles.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a number of celebrity supporters, and Kevin Hart is one of the most prominent. The comedian sat courtside once again for Game 2 of the Sixers’ playoff series against the Boston Celtics, but he did not leave with a victory.
Following Boston’s 108-103 win over the 76ers, Marcus Morris gave Hart a shout-out — sort of.
Marcus Morris: “Kevin Hart’s a funny dude. It’s even funnier he’s gotta go back to Philly with an L.”
Professional athletes are supposed to be able to ignore all outside noise, but we know that isn’t always the case. In fact, one star player openly admitted his big game in the first round of the playoffs was a result of Hart talking trash.
Hart and rapper Meek Mill, who was recently released from prison, will likely be sitting courtside at the Wells Fargo Center for Game 3. If their Sixers can’t pull out a win, they might as well close the book on their season.
Wade should hope that Hart will be in attendance for Game 3 given what transpired in Game 2. Wade turned back the clock in an outstanding performance while leading the Heat to a road victory in a tough environment. He said after the game that he was motivated by the opportunity to stick it to Hart, who was trash talking him during the game.
Dwyane Wade put together a vintage performance while leading the Miami Heat to a road win at Philadelphia in Game 2 of their playoff series on Monday night. Afterwards, Wade said he was motivated to deliver an extra special performance because he wanted to stick it to actor Kevin Hart, who is a 76ers fan.
When asked by ESPN after the game what got into him on Monday, Wade gave a simple answer: Kevin Hart.
“It’s a great feeling when you’re on the road and you’ve got people like Kevin Hart talking on the sideline … I heard a lot of things tonight and it’s all just used as motivation. To be able to hush a whole crowd is a great feeling. It’s an amazing feeling,” Wade said.
Kevin Hart won’t exactly have much sway in LeBron James’ free agency plans.
The famous comedian and Philadelphia native was speaking with TMZ Sports this week when the topic of recruiting James to the 76ers was brought up.
“Listen, I’ve already tried,” Hart replied. “I sent him $40, he didn’t accept it.
“I tried it already. I really did send him $40, and I said ‘Come to Philly,'” continued Hart. “He said kiss his a–, that’s what he said.”
The four-time MVP can, of course, become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Meanwhile, the Sixers with their high-ceiling young core are gaining steam as a possible destination should James leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Hart is offering an explanation for his hijinks after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl on Sunday night.
The actor-comedian and Philly native took to Instagram on Monday to discuss the incident where he was hilariously turned away by security as he tried to make his way onto the stage for the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation.
“To all the kids out there, I just wanna say, ‘Don’t drink.'” Hart said in the video post. “You know, when alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff. Me trying to go onstage with the trophy [is] definitely in the top-two stupidest things I’ve ever done. But who cares? The Eagles won the Super Bowl. Yeah I’m still a little tipsy, but the world can kiss my a–.
“My wife was the first one to say, ‘Babe, don’t go up there,'” he added. “I told my wife, ‘No honey, chill out. I gotta be up there with my city.'”
Indeed, Hart attempting to crash the stage only be to stonewalled by a much larger security guard definitely made for quite a scene in the postgame chaos.
Kevin Hart’s follies were the postgame highlights following the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The popular actor/comedian was in Minneapolis for the game to root on his hometown Eagles. He tried to join the Eagles on stage for the reception of the Vince Lombardi Trophy but was hilariously denied access:
Jay Z and Kevin Hart may like each other and share plenty of laughs when they get together, but that wasn’t what was happening when the two posed together for a photo at Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday, despite what the pictures seem to show.
The rap mogul/businessman and comedian/actor were in attendance for Game 1 of the Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday. They met up on the floor so they could be seen in photos together. But get this — a video caught Jay Z choreographing the thing, encouraging a photographer to “take the picture” while they were laughing and talking, to make it seem like they were having a great time: