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Ben Simmons certainly shouldn’t expect brotherly love from a town whose sports fans once notoriously booed Santa. And that’s perfectly fine.
The three-time NBA All-Star will not be in uniform Thursday night in Philadelphia he will take a seat on the visitors’ bench as the Nets visit the Sixers for the first time since the Feb. 10 trade, which brought Simmons to Brooklyn as a key component of their return for dumping James Harden.
Of course, Simmons could have stayed in New York to further rehabilitate his stubborn back and improve his conditioning to make his season debut with the Nets, but he made the right choice when he decided to embrace music and the Boobirds in Philly after deciding not to fit for the Sixers this season and requesting a swap. He later cited mental health concerns for continuing to stay away from the team.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/10/why-ben-simmons-needs-to-embrace-the-philly-hate/ Why Ben Simmons must embrace Philly hatred