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Anna Horford has savage criticism of Philadelphia 76ers fans

Al Horford sister Anna take a selfie

Anna Horford delivered some serious criticism of Philadelphia 76ers fans over Twitter on Thursday.

Horford, who is the sister of Boston Celtics veteran Al Horford, talked up her brother over Twitter Thursday. She argued that Al doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.

A Twitter user fired back and said that Al “was a flaming hot pile of garbage in Philadelphia.”

Al played for the 76ers in 2019-2020 and was traded to OKC before making his way back to Boston this season. The Sixers were swept in the first round of the playoffs that year by Boston.

Anna says the negativity from Philly fans didn’t help matters.

Philly fans are notorious for being tough on players and their teams. They love their teams and have high expectations. If you don’t deliver, you will hear it. One frustrated Phillies player recently cursed out Philly fans.

Playing in Philadelphia is not for everyone. By the sounds of it, it wasn’t for Horford (or at least not for Anna). Being a bad fit in a crowded frontcourt is probably the biggest reason Al didn’t do well during his season with the Sixers though, not the fans.

Joel Embiid gets laughable honor from City of Philadelphia

Joel Embiid with a straight face

Apr 16, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) before game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The City of Brotherly Love showed plenty of it to Joel Embiid this week … albeit in truly laughable fashion.

Anna Orso of the Philly Inquirer reported on Thursday that the Philadelphia City Council officially passed a resolution naming the 76ers All-Star Embiid MVP … “Most Valuable Philadelphian.”

Embiid famously missed out on the NBA MVP award this season, finishing second to Denver Nuggets counterpart Nikola Jokic. But while this “MVP” honor stands for “Most Valuable Philadelphian,” it could also stand for another very apt description — “most very pathetic.”

It really doesn’t get much more participation trophy-esque and “it’s giving loser vibes” than that. Philadelphia might as well have passed a resolution declaring that the 76ers, who lost in the second round this year, were their own personal NBA champions too.

That is not to take away anything from Embiid, who had a fine season with an NBA-high 30.6 points per game and battled admirably through multiple injuries in the playoffs. But we doubt that this so-called “MVP” award will make Embiid feel too much better, especially with how disappointed he sounded about not winning the real thing.

76ers fan caught sleeping while sitting courtside at playoff game

A 76ers fan sleeping

One Philadelphia fan took a very expensive nap during Sunday’s game.

In the third quarter of Game 4 between the 76ers and the Miami Heat, the TNT broadcast inadvertently caught a fan who appeared to be fast asleep while sitting courtside at Wells Fargo Center. Take a look.

The game was actually pretty exciting as well. It was fairly close throughout with the Sixers, who would end up winning 116-108, leading for the majority of it and having the arena rocking on numerous occasions. Yet still, Uncle Ron over there looked like he was completely down for the count.

Maybe that fan just had a long day as the game went well past 10:30 PM local time. Regardless of his reasoning however, he now joins the ranks with this infamous sleepy sports fan.

Ex-Sixer takes shot at Philadelphia fans over Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons with a shirt on

Not everybody is taking sides against Ben Simmons these days.

Ex-Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington responded on Instagram this week to a video of the harsh treatment that Simmons got during his return to Philly on Thursday.

“Philly at its finest,” wrote Covington in a comment. “Now you see why he wanted out.”

Covington, now with the LA Clippers, was one of the original members of the Sixers’ “Process” era, playing for them from 2014 to 2018. He was also teammates there with Simmons, who was drafted in 2016. While Covington developed into one of the better defenders in the league while in Philly, he was up-and-down as a scorer, leading to him sometimes getting booed.

For what it’s worth, Covington then tried to backtrack on Twitter, saying that he never said anything bad about Philly and that he loves the city.

When it comes to Simmons though, even if Philly fans are notoriously tough, it is safe to say that he deserved every single boo that he got. Simmons did some extremely petty things during his lengthy holdout from the 76ers, so he would probably be booed by every other fanbase in the league as well if he did their team like that.

Photo: Jan 30, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) talks to fans before a game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant throws shade at 76ers fans after game

Kevin Durant dribbles down the court

Ben Simmons made his highly anticipated return to Philadelphia on Thursday night, and 76ers fans made sure to let him know how they feel about him. The Brooklyn Nets got the last laugh, however, and Kevin Durant clearly enjoyed silencing the crowd.

The Nets cruised to an easy 129-100 win over the Sixers. Durant, who led Brooklyn with 25 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, was asked after the game if he and his teammates were motivated by the reception Simmons received at the Wells Fargo Center. The two-time NBA Finals MVP did not downplay it.

“Most definitely. I think all of us were,” Durant said. “We look at Ben as our brother. We knew this was a hostile environment and we knew he didn’t have the opportunity to play. We wanted to come out there and have (the fans) focus on the court more so than just always focusing on him. They focused on the court tonight. It’s hard to chant at Ben Simmons when you’re losing by that much.”

Simmons was supposedly hoping to be heckled to help his grievance case. If that’s true, he certainly got what he was looking for. Not only did 76ers fans boo Simmons, they also trolled him by cheering one thing that he did prior to the game.

Simmons is expected to return at some point in the near future. NBA fans are praying for a Nets-76ers series in the postseason.

Photo: Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in action against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons gets sarcastic cheers from 76ers fans in return to Philadelphia

Ben Simmons with a shirt on

Ben Simmons received a fairly predictable response from Philadelphia 76ers fans when he appeared on the floor prior to Thursday’s game against his former team. However, he got some cheers, too, albeit for a sarcastic reason.

Simmons traveled for Thursday’s game in Philadelphia, though he has yet to make his Brooklyn Nets debut and did not do so Thursday. He did, however, get some work in on the floor prior to the game, giving 76ers fans a chance to boo him. Naturally, they did not miss their chance to do so.

Surprisingly, Simmons did get a cheer out of the crowd. That said, it was a sarcastic one, and it came in response to a one-handed dunk he casually put down.

Remember, Simmons infamously passed up what looked like a clean dunk during the 76ers’ Game 7 loss to Atlanta in the 2021 playoffs. The play essentially sealed his fate in Philadelphia, and even Joel Embiid threw Simmons under the bus for it in the immediate aftermath of that game.

Simmons did get some fodder for his grievance case, which he may have been looking for. He also got this, and it’s certainly hard to see this as anything that crossed a line or explicitly bad-natured.

Photo: Jan 30, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) talks to fans before a game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons fires back at 76ers fan account ahead of return to Philly

Ben Simmons on the court

Prior to Ben Simmons’ return to Philadelphia this week, it already looks like you should, as Terrell Owens would say, “get your popcorn ready.”

The Brooklyn Nets will play the 76ers in Philadelphia on Thursday, marking Simmons’ first time returning to Philly since forcing his way out of the city. While Simmons will not be playing in the game, he is expected to sit on the bench, where he is sure to face relentless boos from the Sixers faithful.

Local fan account Barstool Philly reacted to the news in an Instagram post, writing “CAN’T WAIT.” None other than Simmons himself fired back at Barstool Philly by commenting on the post with the message, “Likewise.”

The former No. 1 pick Simmons should get a reception on par with LeBron James’ return to Cleveland in 2010 and Vince Carter’s return to Toronto in 2006. Philadelphia despises Simmons for the way that he quit on their team, and they were already taking brutal shots at him before he even left.

Of course, the fans might actually be playing right into Simmons’ hands. It appears that Simmons actually wants to get booed for an interesting reason.

Photo: May 13, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers broadcast took savage parting shot at Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons’ departure at long, long last has Philadelphia 76ers fans yelling out “Freedom!” like Mel Gibson in “Braveheart.” Now even the team’s broadcast station is getting in on the fun.

NBC Sports Philadelphia took a savage shot at Simmons on Thursday after the former No. 1 overall pick was traded to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a package for James Harden. The station put Harden’s stats this season next to those of Simmons … which are all zeroes since Simmons has held out all season. The cherry on top was the three-point percentage category. Next to Harden’s number of 33.2 percent this season, Simmons’ three-point percentage section simply read “LOL.” Take a look at the hilarity.

You can’t really fault the broadcast for being so brutal. The Simmons saga held the franchise in limbo for nearly six months. Now that it is finally over, there has to be an overwhelming sense of relief in Philadelphia right now.

As for Simmons himself, he definitely won’t be getting any Christmas cards from the 76ers fans this year. Even as early as last September, the local television stations in Philly were already taking shots at Simmons.

Photo: Jan 30, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) talks to fans before a game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

76ers fan who heckled Carmelo Anthony banned from arena

Carmelo Anthony talks to fans

The Philadelphia 76ers have acted decisively regarding the fan who was ejected on Thursday night for heckling Carmelo Anthony.

The fan, Mike Murphy, has been a fixture at 76ers games and has a history of problematic conduct at games, according to a report. The Philly Inquirer says Murphy had “been previously warned and disciplined for inappropriate behavior and violations of the NBA Fan Code of Conduct.”

Murphy has now been banned indefinitely from attending events at Wells Fargo Arena.

There is a debate about exactly what Murphy said and whether or not his words had racial intent.

Murphy used the term “boy” when heckling Anthony. Anthony apparently took the comments as a racial slight. Murphy says there was no racial intent, but he was just trying to get in Anthony’s head about shooting poorly.

“He comes down the court,” Murphy said of the situation on Philly sports radio station WIP. “We’re blowing [them] out in the game. I say to him, ‘You’re a little boy. Let him shoot. Let him shoot.’ He looked at me. He smiles. I think he goes down to the other end of the court. He comes back down … and I say, ‘Let him shoot. He’s a little boy.’ And he lost his cool out of nowhere.”

A report from Chris Haynes says the fan told Anthony “shoot the ball, boy.”

Anthony felt two different groups of fans crossed the line with him.

Though he says there was no racial intent behind his heckling, Murphy is not receiving the benefit of the doubt from the 76ers. Murphy’s history likely has resulted in the indefinite ban.

Murphy’s friend, a black man who also was heckling Anthony, has been suspended the rest of the season.

Carmelo Anthony explains why he had 76ers fans ejected

Carmelo Anthony

Two fans who were sitting courtside for the Los Angeles Lakers-Philadelphia 76ers game were ejected for getting into it with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night, and Anthony says he was fine with the trash talk until it crossed the line.

Anthony confronted a fan at the Wells Fargo Center with around seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Play was paused for several minutes while security identified the fan. Two fans were eventually escorted out of the arena after Anthony says they used “unacceptable” language toward him. You can see the video here.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that one of the fans kept calling Anthony “boy” and yelling things like “keep shooting boy.” Anthony confirmed that while speaking with reporters after the game. He said he has no problem with fans heckling until it crosses “certain lines.”

“Some things were said,” Anthony told the media, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “Unacceptable. I’m cool with fans heckling, fans talking trash, cheering for their team, booing the other team, I’m all for that. But when you cross certain lines, as a man, you just, that’s what you’re going to see. That’s what you’re going to get, as you saw there.”

One of the fans who was escorted out was black. The two fans appeared to be friends and seated with one another. It is unclear which of the two used the language that Anthony implied was racist.

“There’s just certain things you don’t say to anybody,” Anthony added. “If I was outside and I bumped into you and you said those things to me, then it would be a totally different story.”

TNT’s announcers said the fan or fans had been riding Carmelo for several possessions before that was stopped. A video showed some of the interaction prior to the confrontation, but it was unclear exactly what was said.

It has become a trend in the NBA for fans to be ejected after players call them out for heckling. Anthony may have been following LeBron James’ lead. LeBron had some fans tossed out of a game earlier this season after they were riding him.

Photo: Nov 27, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony (00) warms up prior to tip off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports