On Thursday morning, First Take host Max Kellerman suggested Houston Rockets star James Harden did not deserve to be named first team All-NBA.
Despite being one of three candidates for the league’s Most Valuable Player award, Kellerman doesn’t think Harden deserves any other honors.
Why? Because he didn’t show up in the playoffs.
After the clip of Kellerman hit social media, it created quite the firestorm.
Even a member of the Los Angeles Lakers decided to weigh in on Kellerman’s ridiculous statement. Kyle Kuzma called Kellerman out for suggesting Harden doesn’t deserve to make the All-NBA first team.
“They have to start drug testing talk show people,” Kuzma tweeted.
They have to start drug testing talk show ppl. https://t.co/qIiMOOjHKN
— kuz (@kylekuzma) May 23, 2019
Kuzma’s statement has had plenty of play on social media, with over 8,000 retweets and 40,000 likes – suggesting the public agrees with Kuzma’s take of the situation.
To be fair, Harden didn’t have the best performance in the playoffs, especially in the Western Conference semifinals against the Warriors. However, to suggest he doesn’t deserve to be named first team All-NBA is asinine.
Harden led the league in scoring during the regular season with over 36 points per game. Oh, and he led the league in scoring the playoffs as well.
Kellerman gets paid to make headlines, which is what he accomplished here.