Ben Simmons Reflects On Rookie Of The Year Triumph: "It Wasn't A F–king Race"

Ben Simmons disrespects fellow sophomore Donovan Mitchell after clinching a 114-97 win over his rival.

Ben Simmons is a polarizing determine within the sense that his brash confidence splits the fan vote into Betas and Alphas. If that form of classification appears dated on a philosophical degree, that is as a result of a “Mamba Mentality” solely works on the sphere of play – not as nicely behind closed doorways.

When Ben Simmons, a self-proclaimed “alpha,” visited Salt Lake City, Thursday Night, he had one factor on his thoughts: edging his rival Donovan Mitchell, the particular person he beat out by a large margin within the 2018 Rookie of the Year voting race. But on the threat of sounding trite, Ben Simmons would love the media to make use of a distinct phrase than “race” when describing the ultimate voting outcomes: 90-11 in Simmons’ favor.

After serving to his facet to 114-97 win over Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz, Ben Simmons basked in a refrain of boos from the house crowd. “I like with the ability to come into an enviornment and listen to boos and chants, no matter it’s, see indicators and are available in right here and win by 20,” stated Simmons after the sport. “I imply, there’s nothing higher than that.”

And should you thought the award was sufficient to defuse the stress between Simmons and his then-rookie rival, assume once more. Within the identical press convention, informed one other reporter representing the Salt Lake City Tribune to examine his biases on the door. When requested to characterize final yr’s rivalry with Mitchell, Ben Simmons resorted to expletive language. “It wasn’t a f–king race,” Simmons said. “You noticed the votes, proper? … Did you see the votes? So what’s the query?” Besides serving to his facet to a victory, Ben Simmons posted one more triple-double scoreline of 13 factors, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, on the night time.

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