- Bill Simmons blurted out “F Jalen Green” while discussing the NBA All-Rookie Team on his podcast.
- Rockets fans blasted Simmons for comments about Green.
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Bill Simmons has found himself in hot water over his comments about Rockets rookie Jalen Green.
While talking about who he was going to vote for on his All-NBA rookie team, Simmons blurted out “f*ck Jalen Green” while advocating for Herb Jones.
Bill Simmons saying F*ck Jalen Green. pic.twitter.com/2PVZyQjK7A
— J. Dubb (@TheMindOfJDubb) April 13, 2022
The case for Jones over Green was never more evident than on Wednesday’s episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast when the host, who has a vote in the NBA’s postseason awards, profanely explained why he picked Jones over Green on his All-Rookie team.
“F–k Jalen Green,” Simmons said with about 1:08:00 left in the episode. “I don’t care you’re scoring 40 points and your team’s 19-60. Congratulations. Herb Jones is like guarding dudes in real games.
“Now, the Houston people are going to be mad at me. I’m sorry. I like winning players, I’m sorry. Jalen Green will get there, it’s just that team was 21-61 this year or whatever.”
Rockets fans were not happy with Simmons, who currently has a vote for the NBA awards.
Bill Simmons, who actually has a vote this season, openly said “F**k Jalen Green” on his podcast. If clowns like this are getting a say in who wins NBA awards then all validity is lost.
— GOWIE (@DaKidGowie) April 13, 2022
I don't want to clutch my pearls here, but what Bill Simmons said about Jalen Green seems to cross the line, especially when you're given a postseason awards vote by the NBA. https://t.co/zLZViCPX1G via @chron
— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) April 13, 2022
It’s really weird to see an NBA media member who actually has a vote say F you to a kid coming off an absolutely phenomenal end to the season.
Even if it’s supposed to be a “joke” it really doesn’t come off like that at all and is an immature way (at best) to approach voting.
— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) April 13, 2022
Simmons responded to the criticism by saying that he was joking.
This is ridiculous. I think we were laughing during 80% of this. My point was: I’m always leaning toward a rookie like Herb Jones who was meaningfully contributing to a decent team over someone putting up stats on a bad team. Jalen is gonna be excellent. https://t.co/D4LEmDF2ae
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 13, 2022