“I dictate the pace offensively. On the ball, Ben told me I don’t have to play too fast or too slow. I can play at my own pace. I think that was my biggest takeaway from today’s game.”
Simmons has been impressed with the rookie’s work ethic. He had been working out with Maxey out in Los Angeles since May. What transpired on Tuesday night was nothing new to the All-Star out of LSU.
“He dominated once he got the jitters and the excitement out of the way,” Simmons said.
“I appreciate him because I know he works hard himself and it’s good to have a big brother like him,” said Maxey. “He’s got to push for minutes because he’s a good basketball player. He knows how to play, can’t speed him up, he’s got a plethora of shots, he makes simple plays, throwing this out to Cal, as I said before, Kentucky guys coming in being prepared that this kid knows how to defend, he talks on defense. He’s been coached for sure.”
Maxey will have his next chance to show the coaching staff that he deserves minutes on Friday when Philadelphia finishes the preseason at the Indiana Pacers.