Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Ben Simmons after a pretty long hold-out. Sixers fans were especially frustrated about the situation at the time, given Simmons’s subpar performance in the playoffs earlier.
However, since the trade, Simmons has been with the Brooklyn Nets, and has slowly been getting back on his A game. In fact, fans are quite excited to see how Simmons does this year.
Not only the fans, but Simmons himself seems to be quite excited about the upcoming season. ESPN‘s Nick Friedell states that Simmons can’t wait to go back to Philadelphia and face that crowd. In an interview with Friedell, Simmons shared his thoughts on the upcoming game against the 76ers.
F-**k, I can’t wait to go there, yeah. But for me, everything’s an experience and a learning situation. So for me I’m able to learn something that I’ve never been through before. I’ve never been traded and played against a team that I got traded from. Kev has, Ky has, a lot of guys have, but I’ve never been in that situation so — you have to go through it. Ky went back to Boston, and he didn’t play well, but it’s a lot. We’re people, too. We want to go out there and prove everyone wrong.
Simmons also had some really positive things to say about his new team, claiming that he “got support from all these guys, the coaching staff, the organization” and that “it feels like home.”
The Nets are scheduled to face the 76ers on November 22nd. It certainly seems like Simmons is hyped up for the game, and it’s easy to see why. After all, he will be facing his old team, and it looks like he has a lot to prove.
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