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Doc Rivers Shares Very Honest Admission On Sixers Fans

Doc Rivers speaks with Ben Simmons during a timeout.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 28: Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with Ben Simmons #25 during the first quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Wells Fargo Center on April 28, 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)

Reports circulated this past weekend that one of the main reasons Ben Simmons allegedly doesn't want to return to the Philadelphia 76ers is his treatment by the fans.

On Monday, 76ers head coach Doc Rivers addressed those rumors. He told the media that Simmons definitely didn't say that to anyone but acknowledges that it's tough to play in Philadelphia.

"It’s tough to play here. Ben didn’t say that. I can't say he said that. That’s just an assumption," Rivers said.

Simmons seemingly lost a ton of support after his historically bad playoffs this past year. He converted only a third of his free throws as the 76ers lost in seven to the Atlanta Hawks.

Following Philadelphia's elimination, speculation emerged that Simmons might be traded in the offseason.

The Philadelphia 76ers seemingly never considered trading their three-time All-Star over the past few months. But Ben Simmons appears to be fed up with the team anyway.

He has not reported to training ahead of the NBA season starting, and the belief is that he is officially done with the 76ers. Last week ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Simmons is determined to never play for them again.

The 76ers could conceivably get a pretty good haul of compensation if they were to make Simmons available. But at this point, they may have lost some of their leverage.

Did the fans contribute at all to Ben Simmons losing interest in playing for the 76ers?