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Lionel Simmons : biography

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Lionel James "L-Train" Simmons (born November 14, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional basketball player.

College career

A 6'7" small forward from La Salle University, where he won the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award as a senior. Simmons is third in all-time NCAA career points with 3,217 and trails only Pete Maravich and Freeman Williams. Simmons became the only player in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 points and pull down more than 1,100 rebounds.http://www.phillyhall.org/content.asp?param=2&page=8&item=221 He holds the NCAA Basketball record for most consecutive games scoring in double figures with 115.http://www.phillyhall.org/inductee_profile.asp?ind=218 He led the Explorers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1988–90).http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/34383869.html Simmons was Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for three years. He was a four-time First Team All Big 5 selection and won the Robert V. Geasey Trophy as Big 5 MVP three times. During his career, the Explorers had a 100-31 record.http://www.lasalle.edu/advancement/alumni/group.php?section=assoc&type=uc&page=athletes&id=545 Simmons was inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes in 1995. Simmons was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1996.http://www.philadelphiabig5.org/hallfame/pbg5-hallfame.html

High school career

Simmons led South Philadelphia High School to a Philadelphia Public League boys' championship in 1986, getting an MVP award in the process.http://www.southwestphillyreview.com/view_article.php?id=7748 He was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.http://www.phillyhall.org/content.asp?page=1&item=230&param=2

Professional career

Simmons was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick of the 1990 NBA Draft. He was the runner-up to Derrick Coleman for the 1991 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. In fact, Simmons was NBA Player of the Week the week after the All-Star break during his rookie season.

He played seven seasons for the Kings, scoring 5,833 career points until prematurely retiring in 1997 due to chronic injuries. He managed to earn more than $21 million in an NBA career that lasted seven seasons.

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