During this Thursday’s edition of First Take on ESPN, Kellerman unleashed a bold take regarding Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young. After witnessing the All-Star guard drop 48 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, Kellerman is ready to say that Young’s ceiling is higher than Steph Curry’s.
“He’s [Young] fearless under pressure,” Kellerman said on First Take. “Steph is careless under pressure. Steph shimmies in the regular season. Trae shimmies in the playoffs.”
It would be an understatement to say that Smith was unhappy with that take from Kellerman. The charismatic ESPN personality was downright disgusted with his colleague’s comments about Curry.
“You do have this knack for just annoying the living hell out of me,” Smith told Kellerman. “[It’s] to the point where I’m really going to have a conversation with the bosses about I think I need to get paid more for having to talk basketball with you.”
Stephen A. Smith's response:
"You do have this knack for just annoying the living hell out of me. To the point where I'm really gonna have a conversation with the bosses about I think I need to get paid more for having to talk basketball with you."
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 24, 2021
Young has been fantastic this postseason, averaging 30.5 points per game.
Although his ceiling is incredibly high, analysts might want to pump the brakes when talking about Young’s future in the NBA. And if they really want to rave about Young’s production in the playoffs, why do they need to bring down Curry in the process?
The Hawks will be back in action this Friday for a pivotal Game 2 with the Bucks. Kellerman might unleash another bold take on First Take if Young carries his team to back-to-back road wins.