Ben Simmons performed his first recreation of basketball within the Metropolis of Brotherly Love in a 12 months and a half on Tuesday evening. The Brooklyn Nets made the journey right down to Philadelphia to take down a hobbled 76ers squad, however even though Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey had been all out with accidents, Philadelphia managed to select up a 115-106 victory.
For Simmons, this marked his first recreation within the metropolis because the crew determined to commerce him on the deadline final season as a part of a package deal that landed them Harden. Whereas he had a pleasant recreation — Simmons went for 11 factors on 4-for-7 taking pictures with 11 assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and three blocks in 32 minutes of labor — it finally was not sufficient.
The followers in Philly had been, unsurprisingly, fairly fired up concerning the recreation. Simmons didn’t obtain an particularly heat welcome from the parents on the Wells Fargo Middle, as they booed him throughout pregame introductions and all through the evening. When requested about it after the sport, Simmons appeared to take the entire thing in stride.
Ben Simmons on the reception he obtained from the group in Philly tonight:
"I believed it was going to be louder" pic.twitter.com/CGdd0WqnPO
— Nets Movies (@SNYNets) November 23, 2022
“I believed it was gonna be louder,” Simmons instructed the press. If all the historical past of Philadelphia sports activities is any indication, Sixers followers will assuredly take this to coronary heart and be louder when Simmons and the Nets return to city on Jan. 25, 2023.