Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green sparked a huge debate when he started talking about the physicality of the 80s and the 90s as opposed to today’s NBA. The ESPN crew jumped on the conversation on Wednesday and it resulted in a heated moment between Stephen A Smith and JJ Redick.
Redick is himself part of the current era of the NBA and it is clear that he isn’t pleased with the narrative. The former NBA journeyman took aim at his co-host as he passionately explained why he just isn’t willing to accept the notion that today’s era is much softer compared to the old days:
“This nostalgic standard that you’ve set for players to the 80s and 90s, and then comparing us to it all the time like we are a substandard to that, it gets annoying,” Redick told Smith on ESPN’s Get Up.
"This nostalgic standard that you've set for players to the 80s and 90s, and then comparing us to it all the time like we are a substandard to that, it gets annoying." pic.twitter.com/S8OCh2Cs8F
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 8, 2022
As expected, Stephen A fired back with his own tirade and it resulted in an intense debate between the two ESPN analysts. Towards the end, JJ Redick even told Stephen A that he would see him later as a bit of a warning for what was to come. Smith did not like the threat and he just had to clap back at Redick with his own word of caution.
I think we’ve all just found the new Odd Couple of sports broadcasting.