February 08, 2019
Not that it seemed at all in doubt these days, but yes, Ben Simmons and Kendall Jenner are officially dating.
Jenner appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’s daytime talk show on Friday, and the host — who admitted she knows basically nothing about basketball, including what team Simmons plays for and what Philadelphia’s basketball team is called — asked her a couple questions about her All-Star boyfriend.
Apparently Jenner played basketball in middle school, which is … something. She said she’s no good anymore, but the Sixers’ bench still *does* need a little reinforcement after Philly-area native Wayne Ellington opted for the Pistons instead.
When a picture of Simmons appeared on the screen behind the two, DeGeneres asked, “Who’s that guy in the way?" and Jenner coyly said she didn’t know.
Jenner eventually confirmed the team is, in fact, called the 76ers, and that she’s been dating Simmons “for a bit now.”
Sixers fans were definitely on the fence when the couple rekindled their romance this past November, but Jenner’s influence on the team has been largely positive with respect to the win column:
Kendall is now 12-2 on the year in attendance at Sixers games. she better be courtside in the playoffs. #teambendall— Jamie Lynch (@jelynchjr) January 30, 2019
The Sixers host the Nuggets on Friday night. With the debuts of new Big Four member Tobias Harris, along with Boban (!) and Mike Scott, fans should really be hoping for another Jenner appearance at this point.