Ben Simmons Makes Progress, but the Nets Still Have Major Problems

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Sports Illustrated

By Chris Mannix The short-handed 76ers spoiled Simmons’ highly-anticipated return to Philadelphia. The roars picked up moments after Ben Simmons emerged from the tunnel, the good vibes from pre-game warmups—where Simmons signed autographs, posed for pictures, even heard “F–k all these fans–Joel is scared!” from one supporter—buried under an avalanche of boos. They booed when Simmons was introduced and each time he touched the ball. They erupted when he missed a free throw. They wore Mister Softee tee shirts with Simmons’s likeness and taped expletives on his jerseys. No Joel Embiid, no James …

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