Brooklyn Nets guard Ben Simmons played the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers, so he still feels like a part of Philly.
During an appearance on the “Old Man and the Three” podcast with JJ Redick, the three-time All-Star opened up about the city and his time with the Sixers.
“Philly is obviously a sports town. And my experience playing there was amazing,” Simmons said. “It was like, mostly, unbelievable. I had a great time. The fans are unbelievable. I still have an apartment there…”
I still feel like I’m a part of Philly. It’s just special. Even being in Brooklyn now, it’s completely different. This is a different experience for me. And, you know, I cherish my time in Philly because I was able to learn and grow up in that city, and I made lifelong friends there.
“My brother lives there. I met family there. So yes, Philly is great. I think people have the mindset that I think I hate it.
Nets’ Ben Simmons: “I still feel like I’m a part of Philly.”
However, Simmons can’t help but feel some negative tension between him and 76ers fans. In the year In the year
Not to mention, he missed the entire 2021-22 season due to contract termination, back injury and mental health issues. Even Nets fans were disappointed that the team did not win a game in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. Indeed, the nets have been swept.
Regarding the issue of bad blood between him and some Philadelphia fans, Simmons said, “Well, people in Philly just want to talk about f–king anything, man. Everything. Literally everything. I post a picture of a f-king car or a dog, I get reporters saying you must be in the f-king gym.
While he’s right about the petty criticism and trolls on social media, Ben Simmons also could have played a little less last season. Faced with a three-game series deficit in the first round, Nets coaches and fans have all hands on deck.
Hall of Famers Reggie Miller and Shaquille O’Neal called it. “If you’re not ready to play, if you say, ‘I’m not ready to play,’ you get more respect from the crowd,” Shaq explained. “Don’t say anything else. Don’t shoot him saying, ‘I’ll be back, Emma do this.’ That was a punk move, Reggie was so right.
Now, this chapter is closed. Simmons is with the Nets, James Harden is with the 76ers, and hopefully Philly fans can move on. The 26-year-old plans to play the entire 2022-23 season.