Ben Simmons pulls MJ shrug on Philly crowd amid boos from 76ers fans in first game since his return

Simmons collected 11 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, and three blocks, stunning the Philadelphia 76ers

Ben Simmons pulls MJ shrug on Philly crowd amid boos from 76ers fans in first game since his return
Ben Simmons imitates the iconic MJ shrug after hitting two free throws against his old team the Philadelphia 76ers (Twitter/@ClutchPointsApp, @NBA)
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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Ben Simmons saw his old team, the Philadelphia 76ers, for the first time since he was traded and was booed the entire time he was on the court at the Wells Fargo Center. But Simmons' performance was great, and he handled the hate like an expert. To all the boos, Simmons responded with a classic Michael Jordan move - the MJ Shrug. He was dealing with a knee injury early in the 2022-23 season and was out for two games with left knee pain after six straight games.

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The 26-year-old Brooklyn Nets player showed he was a boss in the first quarter when he went to the free-throw line, heard the boos get louder, and calmly sank both throws. When he returned to defense and cheered both sides, he capped his performance with Jordan's iconic shoulder shrug - he extended both hands and shrugged - that we first saw in the 1992 NBA Finals after he sank his sixth three-pointer in a half. In the midst of his injury and highly anticipated return against his old team, which had traded him in the 2021 Eastern Conference semifinals for lackluster performance, Simmons collected 11 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, and three blocks, leaving a deep wound with his old team. While Simmons had his moment, the Nets ultimately lost the game 115-106 to the undermanned Sixers.

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Fans react to iconic Ben Simmons' moment doing MJ Shrug

One user who enjoyed the shrug wrote, "Ben Simmons 11-11 double-double with a Jordan shrug for making two free throws" Another user tweeted, "BEN SIMMONS GOING 2-2 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE THEN HITTING THE JORDAN SHRUG IN PHILLY JUST SET THE 6ers BACK 45 YEARS' One more user trolled the Philadelphia 76ers and hailed Simmons comeback and wrote, "Ben Simmons doing the MJ shrug after knocking down 2 free throws in the city that completely destroyed his mental health is everything you need to know about him"

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One ardent Simmons fan tweeted, "Ben Simmons really just did the fucking MJ shoulder shrug in Philly after hitting 2 free throws I’ve never respected him more in my life" Another user tweeted, "#bensimmons has some nuts giving the shrug to the Philly crowd after two free throws. That was cold I can’t lie" One more user tweeted, "Ben Simmons hitting the crowd with the Jordan shrug after hitting two free throws was fckn crazy"

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