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Ben Simmons will be on the Nets bench in Philadelphia

Simmons won't be playing, but that won't stop Sixers fans from showering him with boos.
Ben Simmons will be on the sidelines, but that won't stop Sixers fans from trolling him.                 Wendell Cruz and Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons will be on the sidelines, but that won't stop Sixers fans from trolling him.                 Wendell Cruz and Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The saga around Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers was the hottest topic of discussion in the first half of the season due to the fallout between the two. It finally got resolved on NBA Trade deadline Day with the Australian going to Brooklyn in exchange for James Harden, starting an entirely new chapter of his career with the Nets. We are yet to see Simmons on the court even with the Nets, and we all hoped he would be back by the road game in Philly on March 10th, but unfortunately, that is not going to happen. But he will at least be in the arena.

This will be good for Ben

When the trade went down more than a month ago, we all circled March 10th on our calendars, with the Nets rolling into Philly. Not only would we get the most hostile atmosphere of the season with Ben returning to town, but a battle of some superstars and former teammates in James Harden, Joel Embiiid, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant.

Well, unfortunately, the fear of all NBA fans is accurate, and Simmons will not be playing in Philadelphia. The process of reconditioning and rehabbing a back injury is still going on, as we will have to wait a bit more until we see Ben in a Nets jersey. It will still be a great game between two dangerous teams, but the main factor and show, unfortunately, won't be happening.

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We all expected Simmons to not even show up and support from home, but head coach Steve Nash came out with a statement and reassured Ben is going to be in the building, adding the hostile reception will serve him well.

"Steve Nash confirms Ben Simmons will sit on bench with Nets Thursday night in Philly Nash says Ben knows reaction he will get and Steve says it will be good for him, according to @nypost"

John Clark, Twitter

Good on Simmons from not shying away from the Philly crowd, like he had been doing for the past eight months. Although I and most NBA fans share the opinion that Simmons is avoiding playing in Philadelphia and rescheduling his return after that game, it's stil nice to see that the Sixers faithful will get the proper chance to boo their former point guard. He may not be on the court, but Simmons will still get most of the attention from the tough Philly crowd. The fact Doc Rivers even entertained the idea of Simmons getting a tribute video gave me a huge chuckle, as that would probably be the most awkward moment ever.

The game on the floor will be equally exciting with these star-studded Eastern teams going at it in a fight for better seeding in the Eastern playoffs. If the chips fall right, this could be an amazing playoff series, as I'm sure that is the dream of all NBA fans right now. At least then Ben would have to get on the court if the Nets want to have the chance against the smoking hot duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden.

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