76ers set to turn promis­ing sea­son into must-see TV

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CAM­DEN, N.J. — Ben Sim­mons is set to turn the 76ers into must-see TV.

But he hopes to have an­other smash hit off the court. NBC has given a script com­mit­ment to “Brotherly Love,” loosely based on the life of the Aussie-born NBA rookie of the year.

Dead­line de­scribed the pitch like this:

“Brotherly Love is in­spired by the life of Ben Sim­mons and cen­ters on a unique sib­ling re­la­tion­ship within a multi-eth­nic fam­ily. To­gether, they pur­sue their dreams while nav­i­gat­ing life in the spot­light in Philadel­phia, a pas­sion­ate city where sports is in your blood, and your blood is al­ways boil­ing.”

Don’t touch that dial — well, un­less the 76ers are on.

“It’s just funny be­cause a lot of peo­ple prob­a­bly pitch their lives and think ev­ery­thing should be a TV show,” Sim­mons said Fri­day. “We brought it to life. (My brother) wrote some­thing up, pitched it to a few dif­fer­ent peo­ple. NBC loved it and went with it. It’s re­ally go­ing to be about our re­la­tion­ship and how things just hap­pen. It’s more of a com­edy-sit­com type of show. It will be pretty funny. Hope­fully, that goes through and works out.”

Oh, and LeBron James (through SpringHill En­ter­tain­ment) is listed as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

The 76ers were shoot­ing for Ben & Bron.

The Six­ers met with James’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives just hours be­fore the free-agent signed with the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, the brief flir­ta­tion enough to make the or­ga­ni­za­tion think they might have a shot at the NBA great.

“I feel like he could have been a great piece to add to get us where we need to be,” All-Star cen­ter Joel Em­biid said.

So the 76ers will try to win their first NBA ti­tle since 1983 with­out The King.

But with Em­biid, Sim­mons and 2017 No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz aboard, the Six­ers be­lieve they can top the 52 wins and a play­off se­ries win from a year ago as they chase a cham­pi­onship.

Em­biid, speak­ing at 76ers’ me­dia day, said a suc­cess­ful sea­son would be “an ap­pear­ance in the NBA fi­nals.”

That’s a pretty lofty goal for a fran­chise that made no mean­ing­ful off­sea­son ad­di­tions and just this week named 39-year-old El­ton Brand, who re­tired only two years ago, as gen­eral man­ager.

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