After the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 on Monday to advance to the NBA Finals, analyst Kendrick Perkins broke down the game on “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.”
SVP and Perk discussed a variety of aspects about the Eastern Conference Finals and his thoughts about the championship series between the Heat and the Denver Nuggets. Perkins stated that he believes Denver will raise the Larry O’Brien trophy when it’s all said and done, but he added an interesting reason as to why.
About 11 minutes into the video, Perkins says that the Nuggets will win the series because their center, Nikola Jokic, is - in his estimation - the best player in the NBA.
You might be thinking…why is that important? After all, every sports commentator has an opinion on who the best player in the league is.
That’s true. But just a few months ago, Perk was singing a very different tune about Jokic.
In a previous debate on “First Take,” a discussion began regarding who should earn the NBA’s MVP award. Jokic was listed as a top candidate for the award, but Perkins made the audacious claim that Jokic was only in the conversation because he is white.
He later doubled down on his ridiculous stance in an argument with JJ Reddick. But now that Jokic has raised his all-world game to the next level in the postseason, Perkins was forced to eat his words on live television.
Safe to say Jokic is now dunking all over the race-baiting Perkins.
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