JJ Redick, a former NBA sharpshooter and legendary Duke college basketball player, gutted NBA champion Kendrick Perkins for his take on MVP voting.
Redick appeared on ESPN’s «First Take» Tuesday and strongly rejected Perkins’ view that there is racial bias in voting. Perkins made the claim last week when he discussed Nikola Jokic’s candidacy, as the Denver Nuggets superstar continues to defend her third straight MVP award.
The former NBA veteran derailed Perkins’ version in a ferocious moment.
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«Stephen A. (Smith), I don’t want to offend you. And I don’t want to offend ‘First Take’ because I think this program is extremely valuable,» he prefaced. «It’s an honor to be at this desk every day. It really is. But what we’ve just witnessed is the problem with this show. Where we create narratives that don’t exist in reality. The implication you’re hinting at: that White voters who vote for the NBA (awards) are racist, pro-white.
«That’s exactly what you implied, Kendrick Perkins,» Redick said as his former NBA colleague shook his head.
«I did not!» Perkins said, adding, «I laid out the facts!»
Perkins said that he appreciated Redick for bringing up the conversation because it was something to have. Perkins stated that his opinion was how «a lot of former African-American players have felt for decades.»
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Redick seemed willing to let the past be in the past and let a cool head prevail.
Perkins said Wednesday that only three players since 1990 have won an MVP despite being outside the top 10 in points per game: Jokic in his first MVP campaign in 2020-21, Dirk Nowitzki (2006-07) and Steve Nash ( 2004-05, 2005). -06).
«What do those guys have in common? I’m going to let it sit there and marinate. Think about it,» he said, testing co-host Stephen A. Smith.
He also used a famous Jay-Z lyric: «Is it ‘Oochie Wally’ or is it ‘One Mic?'».
The rhyme hinted that rival Nas’s songs sent two separate messages. «Oochie Wally» contains misogynistic lyrics, while «One Mic» is more socially conscious. The lyrics are now a commonly used phrase to denounce hypocrisy and double standards.
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Jokic averaged a double-double in his MVP seasons the past two years. The Denver star is currently averaging 24.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 10 assists and is on his way to another MVP award.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.