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Ben Simmons' Response To $26m Pay Rise Shows What Kind Of Athlete He Really Is

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Ben Simmons' Response To $26m Pay Rise Shows What Kind Of Athlete He Really Is

After cashing a cheque of $26million, Ben Simmons isn't laughing all the way to the bank like you'd expect.

Instead, he's running all the way to the weights room.

The Aussie star has just received a massive pay bonus of $26m after being named in the NBA's All Third Team for 2020 and he's already hitting the gym ahead of next season.

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Despite the Philadelphia's 76ers' early exit from the Walt Disney World Playoffs, it seems Simmons' individual accolades are finally being rewarded with an All-NBA selection.

And while being a part of an elite club of the league's best 15 players is a great achievement in itself, it appears his mega-money pay day is what most people seem to be talking about.

Ben Simmons and LeBron James. Credit: PA
Ben Simmons and LeBron James. Credit: PA

In 2019, Simmons signed an extension with the Sixers which included some hefty performance-based bonuses.

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And the 24-year-old was clearly keen on bagging those bonuses.

He had a stellar campaign and was named in the All-Defensive First Team of the year, but it was his inclusion in the NBA's All Third Team which genuinely put him in line for a new contract perk.

As a result, Simmons got a pay rise of over $25m - but he didn't spend too long celebrating.

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Just hours after the news broke, the six-foot-eight-inch guard posted a video on social media of him in the gym with the caption: "No vacation, don't deserve it".

It seems Philadelphia's demoralising defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics didn't sit well with the Aussie.

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Topics: Basketball, Philadelphia 76ers, NBA, salary, Ben Simmons, Australia, Wages

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