The Ben Simmons sage left a bad taste on a lot of Philadelphia 76ers fan. It's understandable why they'd be miffed about Simmons; after being a massive liability in the post-season, the Australian point guard refused to show up to the team after making a trade demand. In the end, though, the saga ended with James Harden going to Philly.
However, that doesn't mean that Sixers fans have forgiven Simmons. Far from it, actually: the Philly faithful rained down expletives against Ben Simmons during his first game back after the trade.
F–k Ben Simmons chants in Philly 😳 pic.twitter.com/lficDU2pOw
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 11, 2022
So, how'd Simmons react to the jeers around him? Well, the Brooklyn Nets point guard just nodded along to the Sixers crowd, ignoring them in the process. (via ClutchPoints)
Sixers fans chant, "F*CK BEN SIMMONS!"
Ben Simmons just nods along on the Nets bench 👀pic.twitter.com/r46AtgmZx2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 11, 2022
Simmons' return was highly anticipated by outsiders due to the reaction of the Philly crowd. Philadelphia sports fans are one of the most passionate fanbases in America, and they aren't afraid to speak out as well. After enduring the brunt of the Simmons saga and years of being disappointed in their point guard, all that frustration was released when the Nets visited the Sixers.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, Ben Simmons and his Nets had the last laugh. Perhaps fueled by the hate Philly fans had for their new star and playing against a former teammate of theirs, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving popped off. At the time of writing, the visiting team had a huge half-time lead over the hometown heroes.
With the way things are shaping up in the East, the Sixers and Nets could potentially meet in the playoffs. Expect chaos to reign supreme if that ever happens.