Ben Simmons isn't going to play for the Brooklyn Nets against his old team, the Philadelphia 76ers on March 10th. However, the former Sixer will be on the bench with his new team and can expect a torrent of boos and abuse when he makes an appearance at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. There are reports that Simmons will use the abuse he receives as evidence in an attempt to recoup the money he lost in fines.
Regardless, Simmons will still have to sit through fans heckling him for the entire game even if he has nothing to do with the game being played on the floor. His teammates and franchise will no doubt do their best to keep his spirits up when it's happening but at the end of the day, Ben will have to deal with the reactions from fans himself. And Kevin Durant thinks that he can handle the hate he is sure to receive.
"The guy's making $40 million a year. You can take that for a couple hours. I'm sure Ben has that approach."
Durant knows all about receiving hate from fans of your former team, KD himself had to go through a torrid welcome when he returned to play the Oklahoma City Thunder after his move to the Golden State Warriors. It was perhaps even worse for Durant as his arrival in Golden State made fans across the league angry as it created an almost unbeatable superteam.
He will likely have spoken to Simmons about how he dealt with it and the Australian will be prepared for all the vitriol as he knows what to expect when he returns to Philly. It could get even uglier if the two teams end up facing one another in the playoffs but the best way to shut up any fanbase is to ball out on the court, which is eventually what Ben Simmons will have to do.