Outside of Ben Simmons ‘future, one of the Sixers’ biggest questions this offseason is about whether or not Danny Green returns after a strong first year in Philadelphia.
Green will be a free agent this summer, and in the latest episode of Takeoff with the John Clark podcast, Green sat down to talk about his experiences in Philly – which inevitably became a conversation about Simmons and also about Sixers fans’ treatment of Simmons. .
Green, who has basically achieved it all through his career and is now a veteran with very little to lose by speaking from the heart, spoke openly and honestly about how he sees Sixers fans and their relationship with Simmons ̵
“CLARK: Do you think the audience and Philly can have an effect on someone like Ben in these moments?
“GREEN: Definitely. It has an effect on everyone, and I think it’s something that needs to change in the city. I love our fans, but when things do not go well, they can not turn on for you. It is it one thing I would disagree with or dislike.Some guys use it as motivation, some guys have a chip on their shoulder but I think it needs to change.They need to ride with us no matter how it goes .
“We are the No. 1 team in the East, still playing well, and in some games they will boo us – it’s part of the culture here, part of their way of showing that they love us – but with a guy like Ben and other guys, I think they need to stay behind them and hold on to them for as long as they can until the horn blows. And even then he’s here. He’s given so much to the organization and the city. in and out of court that he deserves that respect and that support.
“I hope that thing turns around for him and the city of Philly, so where they do not have the mantra that fans of being able, rough and one of the worst in the league, because we had a great time this year, we had a great excursion. When they came and allowed fans back into the building, it was amazing, they had amazing energy that we needed and I loved. I hope that changes for him and for the city.
“A lot of frustration over the years, I understand that. We had a golden opportunity this year and there will be plenty for years to come with the guys you have here. But just enjoy it, love them. […] I love our fans, but I try to throw things out there to tell them, ‘Protect us, encourage us, stand by us as we stand by you, regardless of victories and losses.’ We are also people and people. We are not zoo animals where you can throw things or be on our side when it’s convenient. I love the city of Philly and I love the fans. It has been an experience for me in the one year I have been here. “
There’s a lot to unpack here, but it’s remarkable that Green says a lot of similar things to Dwight Howard’s rant on Instagram Live last month when he went on Sixers fans for being so tough on Simmons as the All-Star. fought with confidence. and his shooting game in the playoffs.
It’s interesting to see guys like Green and Howard, who have played in so many places across their respective careers, join the Sixers and see Philly fans overnight and then have this reaction on the fan base.
You could argue that Howard and Green saw Philly fans react to a particularly unique set of circumstances – a city that returns to arenas after a year away; a No. 1 seed team blowing an ideal path to the conference finale; an All-Star who apparently lost his confidence in real time – and the reaction was possibly a bit excessive.
But you could also argue that Howard and Green have seen environments everywhere in the league, from good to bad, and then maybe there is some validity to what they say. If Sixers fans want veteran agents and valuable role players like these two guys to keep flocking to Philly to deepen the list along with their core superstars, you want Philly to be an inviting place to play, not a place , which players consider “worst in the league”.
Of course, when you ask Philly fans to do one thing, they often do the opposite. And there is also a light ointment for the tension between fans and players: to win.
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