Ben Simmons walks back his criticism of booing 76ers fans
Then, Ben Simmons made it even worse.
I generally dislike fans booing their own team. But Philadelphia fans certainly have a right to go the other way. No player will ever convince them to behave differently. In fact, a message like Simmons’ will usually only embolden them to boo at the first sign of trouble.
Simmons seemed to realize that.
After the game, Joel Embiid also addressed the booing. John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
Joel Embiid on fans booing— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 13, 2019
“I understand why they boo, but the fact it’s after every single miss...”
Says it kind of felt like a road game. For some guys hearing boos after missed shots, it’s tough. He says they may think, should I take the shot?
Joel says he loves the fans pic.twitter.com/qZAMoT3Lse
Embiid might have been referring to multiple players. But you’ll never convince me one wasn’t Simmons, who already lacked confidence in his jumper.
Simmons and other 76ers would probably play better if their fans cheer them in Game 2 tonight. Boos can be unnerving. The jeering fans are likely working against their own interests, just so they can let out their frustration.
But Philadelphia fans are going to be Philadelphia fans.
At least Simmons now seems to realize his best option is simply handling that inevitability.