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

Ben Simmons is a polarizing determine within the sense that his brash confidence splits the fan vote into Betas and Alphas. If that kind classification appears dated on a philosophical degree, that is as a result of a “Mamba Mentality” solely works on the sphere play – not as properly 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 the Year voting race. But on the danger sounding trite, Ben Simmons would love the media to make use of a unique 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 boos from the house crowd. “I really like having the ability to come into an enviornment and listen to boos and chants, no matter it’s, see indicators and are available right here and win by 20,” mentioned Simmons after the sport. “I imply, there’s nothing higher than that.”

And if you happen to thought the award was sufficient to defuse the strain between Simmons and his then-rookie rival, suppose once more. Within the identical press convention, instructed one other reporter representing the Salt Lake City Tribune to examine his biases on the door. When requested to characterize final 12 months’s rivalry with Mitchell, Ben Simmons resorted to expletive language. “It wasn’t a f–king race,” Simmons mentioned. “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 13 factors, 14 rebounds, 12 assists, on the night time.