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Ben Simmons’ NBA career has had its fair share of ups and downs.
But to fans, at least to one in Brooklyn, the 27-year-old’s impact is so massive that his face is permanently inked on their skin.
Following the Nets’ preseason loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Simmons was caught in a moment of amusement and disbelief when a fan showed his tattoo of Simmons’ face.
‘Who got a camera?’ Simmons said in the clip posted on the Nets X (twitter) page. ‘Show them your tattoo,’ he tells the hardcore fan.
The fan then adjusted his jersey, revealing the Simmons tattoo on his left chest as he pleaded for his idol’s game-worn shirt. The three-time All-Star, amused by this fan’s dedication, granted his wish.
A diehard Brooklyn Nets fan shows off his Ben Simmons tattoo (left) to the man himself (right)
Simmons played his last game for the Brooklyn Nets in March before suffering a back injury
Simmons joined the Nets during the 2021-22 season. The trade sent James Harden to the 76ers
Simmons joined the Nets in February 2022 after a fallout with the 76ers.
The standoff with Philadelphia involved friction with former teammate Joel Embiid and getting kicked out of practice by Doc Rivers for refusing to participate.
Simmons cited mental health issues for his absence on the court. However, the period he spent advocating for a trade costed Simmons $1.4m, making him the most-fined player in NBA history.
After getting traded to Brooklyn, Simmons sat out the rest of the 2021-22 season. He made his Nets debut on opening day, eight months after his arrival. Unfortunately, the way he played was noticeably worse than his years Philadelphia.
In March 2023, Simmons was written off for the remainder of the 2022-23 season due to a back injury. The Nets managed to clinch a playoff spot but got swept by the 76ers in the first round.
After Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s departure, Simmons and the Nets look to make another run to the playoffs this season. While 1-2 so far in preseason games, the Nets will play the Miami Heat on Wednesday before opening the regular season against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 25.