I must admit. I am not a loyal ESPN First Take viewer. At least not anymore. But from time to time I so check in and see where the courts conversations are heading. As we know early August is still a dead period when it comes to sports content to talk about.
NBA.com recently released their All-Decade team so obviously it inspired some spirited debate. Kobe Bryant was listed on the 3rd All-Decade. Not terrible for a guy who didn’t play the final 3 years of this decade and the 3 actually years he did play was spend engulfed dealing with injuries.
Max Kellerman found that to be egregious. It’s his opinion. I get it. And for the most part I’ve always respected Max. But this is where he went overboard. His next statement he stated that Kobe Bryant, 5x NBA Champion, 2x Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP should be placed on the Decade’s worst team. His take was so bad that First Take moderator Molly Qerim had to leave the desk.
Even if you look at his last 3 years in the league and use it against him in addition to not even playing the final quarter of this decade, I can understand to some extent not having him on any of the list. But his first 3 years of the decade he was still arguably one of the 5 best players in the league. The dude averaged 26 points a contest for crying out loud.
Max Kellerman needs to take his crazy pills cause his Kobe takes as of late have been horrendous.