You have to take things one game at a time in the NBA. However, there are certain matchups that every team has circled going into the season. The matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday is one game the Philadelphia 76ers will be particularly looking forward to. This will be Ben Simmons’ first return to Philadelphia to play, assuming he suits up for the matchup.
Charles Barkley of TNT’s NBA Today recently voiced his concern about the situation. While on the program he stated, “I do not feel good about that situation next Tuesday. He’s playing bad. They(‘re) going to let him have it. I hope nothing bad happens… like a fan doing something crazy. Cause it’s gonna be bad and like I say ‘he can’t even rub in their face playing good’. It’s gonna be a hostile environment…He’s gotta play, but man it’s gonna be bad. Man Philadelphia don’t mess around.”
“I do not feel good about that situation… It’s gonna be bad… Philadelphia don’t mess around.”
— 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙠𝙞𝙣’ 𝙉𝘽𝘼 (@_Talkin_NBA) November 16, 2022
Barkley’s Experience in Philadelphia
Barkley is no stranger in Philadelphia as he spent eight seasons playing for the Sixers during his playing career. He was wildly successful and averaged 22.3 points and 11.6 rebounds throughout his tenure. Barkley made the All-Star team in six of the eight seasons and also led the NBA in rebounding during the 1986-87 season. As a team, the Sixers made the playoffs in six of the seasons with Barkley and he was the best player on the team during this stretch. He also had his number 34 jersey number retired by the organization due to his strong play.
Charles Barkley receives his own statue outside of the Sixers practice facility.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been that skinny.” 😂pic.twitter.com/c03BzhdGw7
— NBA Lowdown (@NBALowdown) September 13, 2019
The city of Philadelphia has been known to be harsh on opposing teams and fans when traveling to play there. While this is overstated at times, it is safe to assure Simmons will not have a warm reception upon his return.
Simmons’ Experience in Philadelphia
Unlike Barkley, Sixers fans do not have the fondest memories of Simmons. The 26-year-old was selected with …read more