Doc Rivers ahead of Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia: “Our fans will be our fans”

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Ben Simmons is set to play in Philadelphia for the first time since getting traded to the Nets just before last season’s trade deadline.

The 26-year-old point guard is not expecting a warm welcome from the local fans. Even while he was a Sixer himself, Simmons received boos for the home crowd. Being a visitor will only elevate that.

76ers head coach Doc Rivers thinks that it will be a good atmosphere at Wells Fargo Center, regardless of the team’s former number one draft pick being on the opposing team.

“Our fans will be our fans anyway, so it’ll be that type of atmosphere,” Rivers said, via Noah Levick of NBC Sports. “Ben’s playing great now, so we don’t want him to play great.”

In his latest game for Brooklyn, Simmons scored season-high 22 points and appears to be getting out of the early season slump.

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