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Danny Green fires back at negative 76ers fans, says they “need to be riding with us.”

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 09: Danny Green #14 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts to a call during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Wells Fargo Center on January 09, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers season recently ended in disappointment. As the East’s 1st seed in the regular season, they were toted for at least a finals appearance. However, the team fell to the Hawks in just the second round.

Following that disappointment, guard Danny Green had some thoughts on his first season in Philly. On The Takeoff with John Clark, Green had advice for fans reacting to the postseason failure.

Ben Simmons was the source of much criticism after he played “bad” in the eyes of fans. Simmons seemed to lose confidence, especially in the postseason, as he produced career lows in scoring and free-throw percentage. Green addressed his teammate’s struggles while also giving some insight into his lack of confidence.

“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 [the fans] need to stick behind them and stick by them 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, on and off the court, that he deserves that respect and that support.”

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Some call Simmons and Green soft for their reaction, but they aren’t rookies or new players. They know how the NBA works, so their words might have a greater value than fans think. Especially Green, who has 3 titles to his name and 12 seasons in the league under his belt.

Green does have a history of addressing fan criticism towards him and his team. However valid that criticism may be. After the Lakers’ 2020 NBA Finals win in the bubble last season, Green also spoke out against what he called “bandwagon fans.”

In Los Angeles, fans often criticized Green’s cold streaks as a shooter.

For Green, it is still unclear whether he’ll continue in Philadelphia as he enters free agency this summer. He even referred to the fanbase as having a negative reputation, calling it “one of the worst in the league.” Despite all the critique, Green knows how to win, and that winning mentality is exactly what the Sixers need in the coming years.

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