Philadelphia fans are about as passionate as it gets in the world of professional sports, but that’s not always a good thing. Fans of the NFL’s Eagles even infamously booed Santa Claus. “I love our fans, but when things aren’t going well, they can’t turn on you. That’s the 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 that needs to change. They need to be riding with us, regardless of how things are going.
“We’re the No. 1 team in the East, still playing well, and in some games, they’ll boo us – that’s part of the culture here, part of their way of showing they love us – but with a guy like Ben, and other guys, I think they need to stick behind them and stick by them as long as they can until the horn blows. On his own podcast in June, Green even argued that better treatment from fans might help Simmons through his reluctance to shoot.