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"People in Philly just wanna have something to say about fu*king anything!"- Ben Simmons opens up on Philadelphia fans

We know what Sixers fans think about Simmons, but Ben shared how he feels about his former fan base.
Ben Simmons and Sixers fans

Ben Simmons and Sixers fans

It seems like Ben Simmons has been completely out of sight, not doing any media or playing basketball ever since the infamous Game 7 loss versus the Hawks in 2021. But Ben finally spoke up on JJ Redick's podcast and explained what has been happening in the past year and a half.

Falling out

The feud between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers and their fan base was one of the most significant storylines from the past season, as the break-up between the two left no love lost from both sides. Simmons is now a Brooklyn Net, while the Sixers have moved on to a new chapter led by Embiid and Harden.

The forced exit, sitting out, and already being on bad terms with the demanding Philly fans led to the fan base completely bashing their former #1 pick and making him the public enemy number one. Simmons, on the other side, never showed too much emotion towards all the hate, but he expressed that dealing with that impacted his mental health upon arriving in Brooklyn.

While talking with his former teammate JJ Redick, Simmons explained how tough it was dealing with the fans and media in Philadelphia:

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"People in Philly just wanna have something to say about fucki*g anything, man! I post a picture of a fucki*g car or dog. I got reporters saying you should be in a fucki*g gym. Come on, man."

Ben Simmons, The Old Man and the Three

Unlike Simmons, Redick only shared how fond his experience playing for the Sixers was, leading to Ben sharing a few kind words for his former team and fans:

"Philly is obviously a sports city, and my experience playing there was incredible. I had a great time, the fans are unbelievable...I feel like I'm a part of Philly still. It's just unique...I value the time I did spend in Philly. I was able to learn and grow in that city... Philly is great!"

Ben Simmons, The Old Man and the Three

Even though the ending between Philly and Simmons was ugly, Ben still admitted the city is full of love for sports and their teams, explaining how the experience helped him grow and become better. It's nice to hear Ben put aside all the hate and admit there were good times during the Sixers' return to relevancy.

Although Sixers fans will never admit they have love for Ben, those few years of battling in the playoffs after years of vast struggle were definitely a breath of fresh air, even though it never ended with that allusive championship.

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