Joel Embiid doesn't believe Bill Simmons deserves a vote on NBA awards after saying, "F—Jalen Green."
"I go back to what I saw, or what I heard on a podcast, about Bill Simmons basically saying—he sounded like he had a grudge against somebody saying 'F—Jalen Green.' So, if you're going to allow these type of people to vote for these awards, that's not fair," Embiid said on Tuesday night after the Sixers' Game 5 loss to the Heat.
"What if Jalen Green was in a position to earn a supermax, or I don't know, an All-Star appearance? And you got someone sounding like that. He has a lot of power. He can sway a lot of other media members. You got someone saying that type of stuff, I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's OK."
Here's what Bill Simmons said on his podcast on April 13th (1:07:53 mark) regrading Rockets rookie Jalen Green.
“I put [New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones] first-team All-Rookie,” Simmons said. “I put him over Jalen Green. F— Jalen Green. I don’t care you’re scoring 40 points and your team is 19–60. Congratulations. I’m sorry, I like winning players.”
Embiid, for the second straight season, lost out on the NBA MVP award to Nikola Jokic, which was reported earlier this week.
After missing the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat with a concussion, torn ligament in his right thumb, and orbital fracture, Joel Embiid returned to the series and helped the Sixers win two straight, tying things at two games a piece.
However, in Tuesday night's Game 5 back in Miami, Philadelphia was crushed, losing 120-85. Embiid had 17 points and five rebounds in 33 minutes and the Sixers looked lifeless from the jump.
NBA analyst Charles Barkley speculated that losing the MVP award again may have distracted Embiid.