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Philadelphia fans, players adjusting to life without Ben Simmons

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Would you be surprised to learn the alligator wrangler was a Philadelphia native?

Without playing a game, Simmons is getting dunked on, from wrestlers to weathermen to Shaq, and there’s no respite from the insults, not as long as he refuses to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Philadelphia meteorologist nicknamed “Hurricane” opened a recent forecast with the dig, “Unlike Ben Simmons, we had to show up today.” Glenn Schwartz added, “We gave him every break, every encouragement.”

The forecast for reconciliation is cloudy. “It’s just going to be different guys, different nights. That’s just how we’re going to play.”

Trying to build off last season’s No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers would likely have to land an elite guard in a package deal for Simmons to remain an NBA championship contender.

He does have at least one defender: Philly native and comedian Kevin Hart went on the “All The Smoke” podcast and said the city and franchise needed to ease up on Simmons.

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