Ben Simmons, a 76-point point-keeper, had plenty of questions about last year's Rookie of the Year race between him and Jazz's Donovan Mitchell. Actually, he had before the game on Thursday in the Vivint Smart Home Arena with the characterization explained it at all.
"It was not a race [expletive]," Simmons said. "You saw the voices, right? … did you see the voices? So, what's the question?
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As the 2017/18 season went into overtime, Mitchel's clothing company adidas announced its candidacy in an ad campaign that partially challenged Simmons' qualifications. Technically, he was his sophomore in the league (holding the entire season for one season) Rookie Season with Foot Injury.)
Mitchell even wore an adidas sweatshirt with the definition "rookie" in one place
Of course, jazz fans have become tech-savvy to support their players. Not even Mitchell's small-hearted face, they snapped Simmons when he was introduced on Thursday.
Simmons, meanwhile, made it clear that he has no interest in hearing or even asking for such arguments.
"How do I feel about it? I do not give [expletive]. Honestly, not me, "said Simmons. "I'm not worried about outside noise, I'm not worried about fans or media. [I don’t care what anyone says] In addition to my teammates and my coaches all in this locker room.
He also made it clear that his anger was not personally directed against Mitchell but questions were still being asked because some people would not let it go.
"He's a great player, he's a great player," Simmons said. "He can do the ball really well, it will be better for him to find his boys. He is learning he is a great player.
Simmons then went out and played as if he had something to prove, collected a triple-double before the third quarter was over Thursday, and finished with 14 points (6-for-13 shooting and no, he has not tried a 3-pointer, 14 rebounds and 12 assists, he also had seven turnovers.
Meanwhile, Mitchell had a relatively quiet night, and part of his production was strengthened by staying in the game long after deciding on the outcome He scored 23 points (from 10 to 20 on the field), four rebounds and three assists, as well as four turnovers.