Look, it’s Max Kellerman’s job to make things happen by saying random AF things on ESPN every day, but, sheesh, the guy seems to be pushing the envelope a lot more times. Whether it gets annoyed by a bunch of people suggesting that athletics is just a sport for failed athletes, or making things a little too embarrassing when talking about racing with Terrell Owens, Kellerman certainly doesn’t refrain from saying what he thinks.
Like many people, however, everything Max says doesn’t make much sense – and, in a recent conversation about First take on NBA players and clutch moments, we had one of those memorable moments.
Deeply debated with Jay Williams and Domonique Foxworth about players like Kawhi Leonard, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Max Kellerman derails completely, claiming that Leonard is more clutch than LBJ and Kobe – who, by the way, have an eight-title combined between them, as well as some of the most engaging performances in NBA history. Take a look at the video below; and pay close attention to Williams’ reaction when Kellerman even begins to suggest Leonard’s name.
– First take (@FirstTake) May 26, 2020
Here’s the thing about it all: it’s Max Kellerman’s right to argue his case for Leonard – who is not outdone, having won two titles at this point in his career. But name a shot other than the incredible winner of the 2019 NBA Playoffs game against the Philadelphia 76ers, which was a moment of “sacred shit.” There really is none.
Meanwhile, James literally wore the Cleveland Cavs to the 2018 NBA Finals – not to mention some of his clutch performance in the previous championship series – and Kobe Bryant’s resume speaks for itself when comparing all-time matches and shots. It’s almost as if Kellerman has completely forgotten that these two were all-time greats for a reason.
Once social media has heard of Max Kellerman’s decision-making, you better believe they let him do it. Take a look below at what some people on Twitter had to say.
– Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 26, 2020
Kobe has had 27 match winners in his career! Kawhi is just known for his shot which was lucky to bounce all around the edge to win the Eastern Conference! ?♂️
– Kyle Gibson (@TopShelfGibby) May 26, 2020
Kobe had a stretch where every clutch shot he took would go. I remember that game against Portland where he put like 10 clutch daggers in them. One after the other. Kawhi isn’t at Kobe’s clutch yet, not at all.
– rockyportillo (@rockyportillo) May 26, 2020
I don’t like the kobe game. but it’s just disrespectful. he is 5 times champion with winners of epic games. how can you compare him to a guy who can’t play consecutive games. kawhi won a ring because thompson was injured. vanfleet had a hit streak and lowry had a triple double in Game 7.
– Olaf Pak (@PakOlaf) May 26, 2020
Max is on crack, which is nothing new. But these memes pic.twitter.com/Lj3cLzYQZA
– Mike (@ m_parham15) May 26, 2020
There is no definitive way to determine which player was the most clutching, but, when comparing the NBA greats, very few people even think of Kawhi Leonard in this conversation. For Max Kellerman, to suggest that Leonard is clutch is one thing. It’s another thing to put him in front of James. But it’s an absolutely disrespectful AF for him to claim that Kawhi is more clutch than both James and Kobe Bryant – so please everyone is faced with the simple idea that Kellerman thought this take would be wise to say on national television.
(H / T the big lead)