"It's Gonna Be BAD!": Charles Barkley On Ben Simmons Return To Philly Tuesday

Ben Simmons is getting ready to head into the lion's den tonight. Otherwise known as the City of Brotherly Love. Simmons will be playing his first game for the Brooklyn Nets back in Philly, the city he demanded out of last year, as the Nets visit the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers. 

And one noted NBA pundit knows that Simmons is going to be in for a rough ride.

"I do not feel good about that situation... It's gonna be bad... Philadelphia don't mess around," said Charles Barkley recently about this matchup. 

ESPN analyst, and former player, Tim Legler said it'll be "one of the most hostile environments any athlete has encountered... it's unfathomable to me that he has a huge game."

As for Simmons, he certainly appears to be having fun with the potential vitriol headed his way from Philly fans.

When asked if he thought maybe enough time has elapsed so that the fans could go a little easier on him, he brought the room to laughter with his facial reaction, and his response, "In Philly?! C'mon now. I know what's comin'!"

Even the Sixers' head coach, Doc Rivers, made a (probably uncalled for) comment on needing to beat Simmons.   The Sixers, however, will be without Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey. 

It'll be must-see TV tonight.