We all remember where we were on June 26th, 2017. A day that will live in infamy. A day that we all still struggle to look back on. A day when Malcolm Brogdon, fueled by aggressive propaganda from the Milwaukee Bucks organization, won the Rookie of the Year Award over Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. We proved to be right one season later as Brogdon has missed over 30 games due to injury and the Bucks have fell far below the Sixers in the standings thanks to breakout performances by Saric and Embiid. Never again, we told ourselves, but as history often does, it repeats itself.
I really didn’t want to write about this, I really didn’t. I told myself it couldn’t happen. I thought we had done enough to avoid something like this ever happening again. However, it has gotten to the point where everyday people need to be woken up to the harsh realities of the NBA. The Utah Jazz organization have carefully crafted a propaganda-fueled campaign in which Donovan Mitchell is now a serious contender for Rookie of the Year over clear front-runner Ben Simmons. Despite Ben averaging more assists, rebounds, blocks and steals per game as well as leading in almost every single category among rookies imaginable, people are making an argument for Mitchell. The Sixers also will have a higher seed for the Playoffs when the regular season ends tonight. Mitchell himself is engaging in an act of Doublethink, a term straight out of 1984. For those unfamiliar, doublethink is “the act of simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct.” Legend has it that George Orwell’s book “1984” was based on the North Korean regime, but Orwell unfortunately did not live long enough to see the parallels between the acts depicted in 1984 and the police state of the Utah Jazz. Posted on their social media yesterday for everyone to see:
It is clearly a picture of Donovan Mitchell heading to the game with the dictionary’s definition of the word “rookie” printed on the front. However, the definition used only helps Ben Simmons’ case. He did not play his first season. However, I doubt that makes a difference. Those that are already on the Mitchell bandwagon have been absorbed by the propaganda led by the p Utah Jazz and can’t adhere to reason. Who in their right mind would believe Donovan Mitchell is the Rookie of the Year solely because Ben Simmons isn’t a true rookie while also believing that a rookie is an “athlete playing his or her first season.” That is doublethink at it’s finest. As I said with the Brogdon-fiasco of last year, it is deeply troubling that the future minds of America are being exposed to this garbage.
It is our job to counter this as much as possible. Try and educate those that may be lost, tell your children you love them, listen to those that need to be heard in their time of need. It all may be too late, Mitchell has already made tremendous strides. We can only hope that, if they truly do exist, the Basketball Gods will shine down on us and prove that there is some good in the world when Ben Simmons is announced the Rookie of the Year in late June. For now, we take the first step. Malcolm Brogdon is playing tonight in Philadelphia. In order to prove that we will not stand for scum like him and the values they represent, we must boo the shit out of him!