Ben Simmons did not exactly win over fans during his time in Philadelphia, and his exit from the 76ers only made things worse, so his return to Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday went about as you’d expect.
The Brooklyn Nets guard was greeted with a fair share of boos when he took the court and the boos rained down on him every time he touched the ball as well.
Of course, Simmons seemed to be fully prepared for the bittnerness headed his way upon his return back to the team he left in unceremonious fashion.
Prior to the game, Simmons was asked about the fact that Joel Embiid, James Harden (whom he was traded for) and Tyrese Maxey were unavailable for the Sixers on Tuesday night due to injuries.
“The fans will make up for it, I think,” Simmons told reporters.
However, not everyone thought the fans were making up for it.
TNT color commentator Stan Van Gundy said he “expected better” from the Philly faithful.
“These boos aren’t that loud,” he said. “They’re not that prolonged. This is not a good night for the Sixers as far as boos. I’ve heard better.”
At halftime, Sixers great Charles Barkley believed the absence of Embiid, Harden and Maxey took some of the juice out of the game.
Whether the boos were loud enough or not, the point was still made.
Then again, Simmons did not appear to be fazed as he entered the half with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.