Nets’ Ben Simmons Reflects on Time with 76ers: ‘I Still Feel Part of Philly’

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Although All drama As it went down between Ben Simmons and the 76ers — and he was eventually forced out of Philadelphia — the former No. 1 overall pick bore no ill will toward the city or fans of the franchise. In fact, he still owns property in Philly and values ​​his time with the Sixers.

“Philly is obviously a sports town. My experience playing there was incredible,” Simmons said during a recent appearance The Old Man and the Three Podcast with JJ Reddick. “For the most part, it’s been unbelievable. I’ve had a lot of fun. The fans are unbelievable. I still have an apartment there, so I still have some real estate in Philadelphia. I still feel like I’m a part of Philly. . . .

“It’s unique,” Simmons added. “Even now in Brooklyn, it’s totally different. It’s a different experience for me. And you know I cherish the time I spent in Philly because I was able to learn and grow in that city. I made friends there for life. My brother lives there. I got family there. . So yeah, Philly’s great. I think people have a mindset that they think I hate it.”

Simmons was embraced by the Philadelphia faithful early in his career, but grew tired of what was widely perceived as a lack of development on his part, especially when shooting the basketball. Here’s what Reddick had to say when asked if he thought his lack of shooting was exaggerated by fans in Philly:

“Well, people in Philly want to say something about anything f—–g, man. Like, literally everything the reporters said was ‘You should f—— be in the gym.’ Come on man.”

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See Simmons’ complete thoughts on his time in Philadelphia below:

Simmons may still feel a part of Philly, but only in terms of that The way he was received When he returned to town as a member of the Nets in March, it’s safe to say the feeling wasn’t mutual. The reception will be a little warmer when he and the Nets return to Philly on Nov. 22 against the Sixers, but that seems doubtful.

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