Rockets guard Jalen Green was named first-team NBA All-Rookie on Wednesday, despite a very high-profile repudiation from a prominent voter last month.
Green, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, was the topic of decidedly polarizing remarks from The Ringer chief Bill Simmons, who famously said "f--k Jalen Green" while explaining why he would not be casting his vote for Green.
While Simmons later backtracked and said his comment was a joke taken out of context, the episode nonetheless led to renewed discussion about the credentials and professionalism of voters who have a say in determining the salary and bonuses of players based on award nods.
After Green was announced on the All-Rookie Team on Wednesday night prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, he took to social media to mark the occasion -- and referenced Simmons by name.
"Shoutout bill simmons my dawg fr," Green said, adding a praying emoji.
Simmons quickly responded with congratulations and an admonishment of "fake news aggregators."
"Congrats! I’m still rooting for you, don’t let the fake news aggregators ruin it for us," Simmons said. "I just liked 2022 Herb Jones more for first-team which was the whole point of the joke. Excited to see what you have in store for your 2nd year, good luck."
Joining Green on the All-Rookie Team was Toronto's Scottie Barnes, Detroit's Cade Cunningham, Cleveland's Evan Mobley, and Orlando's Franz Wagner.
The Pelicans' Herb Jones, who was Simmons' preferred choice for First-Team over Green, was voted to the second team.
Green, who only turned 20 in February, averaged 17 points per game as a rookie. The California native was drafted after one year in the G League, where he played with the Ignite, a developmental team for players who wish to skip college and turn professional.