They are talking sports as hard as they can!
In today’s issue of “First Take” Stephen A. Smith, like Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan, for example, talked about LeBron James not “creating fear” in opponents. He was talking about the players’ willingness to be physically challenged.
JJ Redick, a former NBA sharpshooter who was newly signed to ESPN as a broadcaster, doesn’t have any.
Reddick referred to the time Kobe Bryant received a “two-piece” by Chris Childs, and said that the Bad Boys Pistons were always going to be physical with Jordan.
Then came fireworks.
“I don’t know if you should believe what you say,” Redick said. “That’s insane.”
“It’s not crazy, and you know better,” Smith countered.
Redick said no one was physically challenged to James as Isiah Stewart tried at the Pistons-Lakers kerfuffle on Sunday night. Smith mentioned the time that Joachim Noah did (though he could not remember his name on the top of his head).
“If you watch the game, you do…” Smith said.
“I’ve played the game,” Redick interrupted. “I played against LeBron in the playoffs. I played against them for 15 years.
It eventually turned into a circus conversation – after each of these divisions had its opening statement – about whether people were afraid to play against LeBron James and fear for physical retaliation.
Things are getting more spicy in the late “First Take” – Jay Williams canceled it with Stephen A. this month. The show is more entertaining when the panellists are non-stop.