Steve SImmons, SudburyStar

Steve SImmons

SudburyStar

Vaughan, ON, Canada

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  • SudburyStar
  • Toronto Sun
Past:
  • The Province
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • TheStarPhoenix.com
  • Canoe
  • The Chronicle Herald
  • Calgary Sun
  • Winnipeg Sun
  • Edmonton Journal
  • Regina Leader Post
  • National Post
  • and more…

Recent articles by Steve:

Simmons: Bolts' Hedman is the best, with or without Norris Trophy

Scotty Bowman has coached Doug Harvey and Nick Lidstrom, Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson and Serge Savard, and happened to be on the bench in St. Louis when Bobby Orr flew through the air after his famous 1970 Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal. Which makes Bowman something of an encyclopedia of NHL defenceman. He’s seen them all, […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Khudobin's long and unlikely road to the Stanley Cup Final

Lorne Molleken remembers the smell. The kids would have their travel meals in lunch bags with them on the Saskatoon Blades and then Anton Khudobin would get on… → Read More

SIMMONS: No Masai Ujiri contract talks both baffling and troubling

Masai Ujiri continues to insist he has not spoken to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment about extending his contract with the Raptors and that there have been no negotiations of any kind on his future in Toronto. And that, by itself, puts a cloud of sorts, a mystery over Ujiri’s future with the Raptors and […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Late turnover summed up Siakam's playoffs in one ill-fated play

The ball was in Pascal Siakam’s hands in the fourth quarter of Game 7 and all there was between him and the basket was somebody named Brad Wanamaker. And he froze. Then he awkwardly passed the ball away, giving up an easy and natural driving opportunity. The kind of play he normally lives for. The […] → Read More

SIMMONS: How do you top the 'six appeal' of Wednesday's Raptors-Celtics classic?

This was one of those special games, as Brad Stevens called it. And he was the losing coach. The kind of game you dreamed about as a kid. The reason you played, or wanted to play. Except normally, when you’re slugging back and forth, when you’re making play after play, the last shot always comes […] → Read More

SIMMONS: For Raptors, it's basketball bubble life on the precipice now

Eighty days ago, the Raptors packed up and left for COVID-ravaged Florida, uncertain about what was to come, anxious about what would soon be bubble life in the NBA, with so much to wonder about and digest. → Read More

SIMMONS: Raptors need Siakam to step up to stay in series

When you strip it all down, the lack of effort, the lack of energy, the lack of purpose and the inability to execute, this one individual fact remains after… → Read More

SIMMONS: The coming of age of Kyle Lowry

When Masai Ujiri was hired to run the Toronto Raptors, one of his first acts of business in the summer of 2013 was to fly to Philadelphia and sit down with Kyle Lowry. It wasn’t one of those friendly, let’s have lunch, meet and greets between employer and employee. The talk was raw and pointed. […] → Read More

SIMMONS: No miracle ending needed for Raptors this time

One pass. One shot. One breathtaking series of events and one game and half-second later, this playoff series with the Boston Celtics is tied. So close to near elimination, now breathing and feeling it and ready to take over. With the wrong pass, the wrong shot, one half-second without perfection Thursday night, this series could […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Lowry takes your breath away in last second win for Raptors

Kyle Lowry wouldn’t let the Raptors die. Not yet. Not this soon. Not this night. The defending NBA champions will have that title belt around their collective waist for a few more days and maybe longer with some air to breath and some replays to watch after a tour de force, against-all-odds, how-did-that-happen, come-from-behind, last-second […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Raptors need Pascal Siakam to match Jayson Tatum's production

Pascal Siakam is a little bit taller than Jayson Tatum, a touch heavier (if that’s possible), a lot wealthier and four years older. And yet, both have similar responsibilities with their respective NBA teams. Both are supposed to be difference-makers. Both are supposed to be the go-to guys late in games. Siakam is about to […] → Read More

SIMMONS: We'll never know another sporting month like this August again

This is the August we’ll never know again, this August of curiosity, hopefully never to be seen again. An August of sporting history, political and social, games with protests but not fans, games on our big-screen televisions every day and every night as we rarely leave home, life inside and outside bubbles, the perennial winter […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Sports world's protests will be a waste if they don't lead to change

When you listen to Robert Horry or Doc Rivers or Sam Mitchell or Chris Webber or any of the eloquent, emotional voices of basketball speaking about life as a Black man in America, talking about their children, their families or their friends, you just want to grab them and hug them and assure them that […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Basketball the furthest thing from Raptors' mind after Blake shooting

Some Raptors want to go home.They won’t say who, they will say why.They can’t help but wonder how much they are actually accomplishing, taking a knee with arms locked, speaking out, making statements by wearing the Black Lives Matter T-shirts and having Black Lives Matter printed on the back of their NBA jerseys. → Read More

SIMMONS: Pushed aside, Lamoriello and Trotz surpass their former teams

It isn’t the nature of hockey lifers Lou Lamoriello or Barry Trotz to celebrate the misfortune of their previous employers. But, deep down, there has to be more than a little I-told-you-so on the inside from the general manager and coach of the surviving New York Islanders. It is two years since Trotz won the […] → Read More

SIMMONS: The challenge for Nick Nurse: Coaching against the Celtics with or without Kyle Lowry

On Saturday, Nick Nurse was announced as NBA coach of the year. On Sunday night, he showed why. He played the part of all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, trying to put the Humpty Dumpty Raptors back together again. And when Kyle Lowry went down early with an injury, with Fred VanVleet […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Raptors make history in a series about to be history

In their heyday, when Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal would play at Maple Leaf Gardens on a Sunday afternoon, and charm us with the same bits and the same tricks every year, the wins would always come for the Harlem Globetrotters. The scores may have been different. The games may have been different. Even the […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Raptors make history in a series about to be history

In their heyday, when Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal would play at Maple Leaf Gardens on a Sunday afternoon, and charm us with the same bits and the same tricks every year, the wins would always come for the Harlem Globetrotters. → Read More

SIMMONS: Masai was right on Norm Powell all along; and we were wrong

It was early in October, two seasons back, when the news broke. Norman Powell had signed a four-year extension with the Raptors, just more than $10 million a year, and just about everybody on the planet gasped. Ten million and Norm Powell didn’t seem to be belong in the same sentence, let alone the same […] → Read More

SIMMONS: Raptors' little kids and families were the stars in sensational Game 1 win

Kyle Lowry’s face exploded in a cheek-to-cheek, ear-to-ear smile he may never find again, his broad grin lighting up the Orlando afternoon. Fred VanVleet’s eyes were moist and he had tears he couldn’t hold back. It has been eight or nine weeks since he has seen his family, and there they were, on the big […] → Read More