Philadelphia fans boo Ben Simmons as Nets beat 76ers
Ben Simmons had to endure the constant booing thrown at him by the Philadelphia 76ers fans Thursday night, as he returned to Wells Fargo Center for the first time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
Simmons and Co. had the last laugh though, as the Nets scored a dominant 129-100 victory over the Sixers.
Both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving scored 25 and 22 points, respectively, with a total of 12 assists and 18 rebounds for the duo.
When asked about Simmons coming back to Philadelphia, KD expressed his support for the 25-year-old.
“I think all of us were (supporting Simmons),” Durant said. “We look at Ben as our brother, so we knew that this was a hostile environment and we knew that he didn’t have the opportunity to play and we wanted to come out there and have (the fans) focus on the court, more so than always focusing on him. So they focused on the court tonight, and it’s hard for you to chant at Ben Simmons when you’re losing by that much.”
Kyrie also somehow felt a familiar feeling as he shared his thoughts on Simmons’ situation.
“I think playing for Ben and the night meaning something to Ben and not only Ben, but ‘Dre, Seth,” Irving said. “When you get traded in this league, it’s not easy to deal with. And you pick up your stuff that you’ve made a home out of; you’re in one city and then you have to transfer to another city, it’s not always easy, so we’ve tried to welcome him in with open arms.”
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