It was a big night for guys named Simmons and Simmonds in Philly sports. First things first. We've got a report on the game here. Locally, all eyes were on the other Simmons. That would be Ben Simmons, who made his Sixers debut last night after missing all of what would have been his rookie season with an ankle injury. Whatever "it" is, Simmons has "it." He turned the exhibition opener into an event. The Sixers struggled without center Joel Embiid. Who knows when or if he'll ever be healthy enough to play without some kind of restrictions. But this could very quickly be Ben Simmons team. He only scored eight points, but everything about the Sixers game flowed through him. By the way, the announced attendance at last night's preseason opener? That would be 18,102. Welcome to Philadelphia, Mr. Simmons. Read Jack McCaffery's take on the city's next budding superstar here.