Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma calls out Max Kellerman for asinine James Harden take
The NBA announced its annual All-NBA teams on Thursday. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma disagreed with one analyst’s opinion.
Max Kellerman believes the Houston Rockets’ James Harden doesn’t deserve to be on the All-NBA first team. He made the proclamation during the May 23 episode of ESPN’s “First Take.”
When it comes to All-NBA discussions, Kellerman made it clear he doesn’t care about the regular season. The more important gauge is the postseason.
Toward the end of his rant, Kellerman uses a boxing analogy to explain why he left Harden out.
And here’s the real simple way to do it: I talk about this in boxing. You wanna know who won a round?
Well, if it’s effective aggression. No, no. Who would you rather have win that round? That tells you everything you need to know.
So let me ask you this: if these various players are available, tell me when you’re taking Harden. You can have him on your team. The Greek Freak is available. You want Harden? KD is available. Kawhi (Leonard). Lebron (James). Steph (Curry).
Tell me when you’re taking Harden over one of those five guys. The answer is not, and you know it.
Max Kellerman doesn’t think James Harden deserves to be on the All-NBA First Team. Thoughts?
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 23, 2019
Kyle Kuzma responded to Kellerman’s rant in unique fashion on Twitter.
They have to start drug testing talk show ppl. https://t.co/qIiMOOjHKN
— kuz (@kylekuzma) May 23, 2019
Despite Kellerman’s objections, Harden made it to the 2019 All-NBA first team. Joining him were the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George, the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, and the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic.
Not only that, but Harden is one of three candidates for the 2019 NBA MVP award. The other two are Antetokounmpo and George.
It looks like Max Kellerman’s pleas regarding Harden fell on deaf ears.