Tuesday night will mark Ben Simmons’ first game against the Philadelphia 76ers, his former team. Simmons did not play at all after being acquired by the Nets at the trade deadline in February of last year, so he was not present for the Brooklyn-Philadelphia meetings at that time.
Tuesday night’s game features Simmons, and it takes place in Philadelphia.
Despite having the moniker “The City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphian crowds are known for being hostile. When Simmons was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia fans booed him both times. NBA analyst Shams Charania addressed the FanDuel TV audience’s reaction:
“Even sitting on the bench, he was drawing jeers. I can only imagine what the atmosphere will be like when he actually dons the uniform and plays tonight.