Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant react to Ben Simmons’ preseason debut

Playmaking forward Ben Simmons finally took the court for the first time in a Nets uniform and his new teammates had nothing but positive words for Simmons’ first game back.

In a post-game interview, Simmons told Andrew Jackson of FOX Sports that he felt, “amazing.” Simmons continued, “I’m grateful to just step on that floor in the NBA. So yeah, a lot of fun out there.”

Sharpshooting talent Kevin Durant had nothing but encouragement for Simmons. “You spend a year off from the game and you play organized basketball again, that’s a nerve-wracking feeling. To wake up that morning… you’re thinking about those minutes you’re going to play. So it’s good to see him get over those nerves”

Kyrie Irving said “I was telling him at halftime, when you’re playing with some high level players, despite what you’ve heard, we’re going to make the game easier for you and he’s going to love playing with us.”

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Story originally appeared on Nets Wire