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Sixers’ Ben Simmons gets stern message from Shaq for Game 7

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The Philadelphia 76ers are staring right at a do-or-die Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks. Ben Simmons hasn’t exactly had the greatest series thus far, but Shaq wants him to step up for one big reason.

The Big Diesel called out the Sixers star during the postgame show after the wild Bucks-Nets Game 7, challenging his fellow LSU alumnus to step up for his own upcoming Game 7.

Unlike today’s one-and-done prospects, Shaquille O’Neal spent three seasons playing for the LSU Tigers. The 3-time NBA champion finished his tenure with averages of 21.6 points and 13.5 rebounds per game before eventually being selected first overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Just like his fellow alum Shaq, Ben Simmons was also drafted first overall in the NBA Draft, being selected by Philly back in 2016. But Simmons spent just one year playing for Louisiana State University, averaging 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists. The Sixers’ point-forward played in the paint as a big man during his tenure there.

Ben Simmons has looked up and down throughout their series against the Hawks, dominating the game for some stretches while looking near invisible for the next. The Sixers need every ounce of talent they can get from their All-Star alongside Joel Embiid if they hope to avoid an upset in the second-round.