ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy unloads on Mark Jackson's Joel Embiid praise: 'Pump your brakes!'

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Jeff Van Gundy thinks fellow ESPN colleague <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaab/players/141602/" data-ylk="slk:Mark Jackson">Mark Jackson</a> should "Pump the brakes!" on the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5294/" data-ylk="slk:Joel Embiid">Joel Embiid</a> accolades. (Getty Images)
Jeff Van Gundy thinks fellow ESPN colleague Mark Jackson should "Pump the brakes!" on the Joel Embiid accolades. (Getty Images)

Joel Embiid put on a show Thursday night, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 116-95 win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA conference semifinals.

The Cameroon-born star scored 33 points, secured 10 rebounds, and had five blocked shots in just 28 minutes of playing time.

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It was a memorable performance, so much that ESPN’s Mark Jackson argued that it would be “a crime” if Embiid finished his NBA career without being in the discussion for one of the all-time great big men in the association’s history.

“It would be a crime if he left the game and — barring any injury — not being compared to the best big men that’s ever played this game,” Jackson said late in the fourth quarter. “He’s got to be in that discussion.”

Fellow ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy seemed to take ire with his colleague’s remarks, and proceeded to tell Jackson to “Pump the brakes!”

“Hold on! Pump the brakes! Pump your brakes!” Van Gundy exclaimed, naming off a slew of Hall of Famers that included Bill Russell, Wit Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Jackson then retorted, “The evidence is right in front of us.”

Naturally, Twitter was divided on Jackson’s comments. Some thought the former Golden State Warriors coach’s declaration was a little farfetched.

Others, including Eagles DL Chris Long, encouraged viewers to understand the context of Jackson’s remarks.

Time will only reveal if Jackson was indeed correct. Embiid and company hold a 2-1 lead over the Raptors. Game 4 is scheduled to tip off Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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