Stan Van Gundy called out the 76ers fans for not being loud in their boos towards Ben Simmons, and Simmons himself doubled down on that sentiment after Philly beat the Nets in Simmons’ first game back at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I thought it was gonna be louder,” Simmons said.
The Brooklyn defense was a no-show, but Simmons showed flashes of his old self, scoring 11 points while dishing out 11 assists with seven rebounds as he continues to trend back towards the player he was before requesting a trade from the 76ers.
Simmons seemed to make the most of his Philly return, shushing the fans after a putback, shrugging and smiling after hitting two free throws, and going into the stands to sign autographs and take selfies with fans during pregame shootaround.
“It was nice to have support in Philadelphia still,” Simmons said. “Lifelong fans, they do support me, so that was really cool to see. I think I did some things in Philadelphia that can be respected. I don't think we all had bad times.”