Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant rips hecklers who live 's----y' lives



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Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant rips hecklers who live 's----y' lives

Kevin Durant doesn't plan to advise Ben Simmons ahead of his return to Philadelphia but acknowledged the expects the guard to receive a very hostile reception from 76ers fans. Simmons wasn't happy with the criticism he received following the 76ers' exit from last year's playoffs and he made it clear in the offseason he would never again play a game for Philadelphia.

The 76ers traded Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets at the trade deadline. This Thursday, the 76ers host the Nets. Durant says some fans live "s----y" lives and come to the game to express their frustration on players.

"Absolutely not," Durant said. "That's one of those things he's going to have to experience for his self. I can't go over there and nobody's going to hold his hand. I'm sure it's going to be some personal attacks, some words that may trigger you personally, but that's just how fans are.

They're going to get under our skin. And they're going to let their voices be heard. I think part of the experience of coming to an NBA game is to heckle. "Some people don't even enjoy basketball, their lives are so s----y that they get to just aim it at other people.

So it's easy to kind of get that release at a basketball game. Ben understands that, and I'm sure some stuff may be funny. You never know. But at the end of the day you realize that life is amazing, we play the game of basketball for a living and a little bit of trash talk is what it is."

Durant experienced a hostile reception in Oklahoma

After Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, he received loud boos every time he returned to Oklahoma to play the Thunder as a member of the Warriors.

"It's one of those things you just got to experience for yourself," Durant added. "Embrace it. All the greats have been through being called the worst names in the history of the book. The good thing about it is that we get a chance to perform and shut the people up.

It's a fun dynamic with fans and players because they really do love us at the end of the day. But a part of their job is to be fans, be fanatics and be radical about the game and about their team, so we all understand this as professionals. Some of the stuff may go overboard, but at the end of the day, ain't nothing going to happen to us, I feel."