Ben Simmons blames 76ers fans, might never step foot in Philadelphia ever again
According to Brian Windhorst, it’s possible Ben Simmons might never step foot in Philadelphia again, even on another team. On SiriusXM NBA Radio, Windhorst stated that playing in front of Sixers fans was a factor in requesting a trade from the organization. He went on to say that Simmons might never appear in the City of Brotherly Love ever again.
“He doesn’t want to be in front of those fans… I don’t think he intends to ever show his face there again.”
Now, if Ben Simmons thinks that never playing in Philadelphia ever again will rid him of 76ers fans, he is sorely mistaken. We are talking about the same group of fans who traveled to Milwaukee to boo Malcolm Brogdon. It wouldn’t shock me for a second if thousands of fans traveled to Minnesota, Cleveland, or wherever he lands to make sure their voice was heard.
This point also proves that Ben Simmons is one of the softest players in the league if he will skip up to three games a season to avoid his former team. He wouldn’t be the first, though. Kyrie Irving did it after leaving Boston, but even he eventually returned to TD Garden. Sixers fans don’t have a short memory and will wait as long as it takes to boo Ben Simmons, even if it takes multiple seasons.
Let’s not forget this also:
76ers training camp is in just a few days, and Simmons will not attend even after nearly the entire roster offered to fly out to California to speak with him. Some of the teams interested are reportedly willing to increase their offers, but there is no indication of when a trade will occur.
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