Ben Simmons.

Ben Simmons reveals the advice he got from LeBron James

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It's not easy being a number one overall pick. Sure you are incredibly talented, but the pressure is there for you to be a superstar straight away.

Number one picks are basically the anointed saviours of a franchise, something that Ben Simmons will be finding out very soon, if not already, after being the first name taken off the board by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thankfully for the Aussie product, he has LeBron James in his corner to offer some sage words of wisdom. 

The Sixers youngster shares an agent with the unanimous Finals MVP and revealed that the veteran star offered him some advice as he enters this stage of his career.

"I've learned a lot just being around LeBron," Simmons said, via the New York Times.

The big lesson that the Australian learnt? The press is going to say whatever they want to say, just ignore it. 

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"People say things about him all the time, but he would never say anything back. That's what I learned from him: Don't retaliate to articles or pieces or to things that are said about me."

In the aftermath of 'The Decision' - which actually raised $6m for charity - and his move to the Miami Heat, LeBron was called every name under the son, yet never once publicly lashed out at writers or journalists, on social media or in the press.

In this age of players getting in serious trouble for what they put on the likes of Twitter, it is some advice that Simmons would do well to follow.

While Simmons doesn't quite have the expectations on his shoulders that LeBron carried in 2003, the Sixers themselves and their fans will be hoping he can lead them to a brighter future, one that is miles away from 'The Process.' 

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