Former NBA player Ryan Hollins subbed in for Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday, and he didn’t hold back on his basketball opinions.
Hollins, on set with Shaquille O’Neal, contended that LeBron James is the greatest player of all-time, telling Shaq to his face that LeBron is better than Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
Then, he said that Jordans’ Bulls would lose to the Golden State Warriors, who would “run laps” around them.
Needless to say, O’Neal was not having it:
— First Take (@FirstTake) June 18, 2019
But that wasn’t all. Hollins also put LeBron on his Lakers’ Mount Rushmore, to which Shaq responded by crumpling a piece of paper:
— ESPNLosAngeles (@ESPNLosAngeles) June 18, 2019
Twitter had a field day with Hollins’ appearance on First Take.
Ryan Hollins: Kobe & MJ can't feel Lebron's shoes
— Trivyon Bland (@tre_indacut) June 18, 2019
Ryan Hollins’ tv career is going to be so much bigger and better than his hoops career. Dude has already mastered the Bayless art of pissing everyone off
— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@RealLifeKaz) June 18, 2019
* turns on first take *
* sees Ryan Hollins * pic.twitter.com/VbtsbsirlH
— john (@Dat_dudejw) June 18, 2019
As subjective as these “GOAT” debates are, Hollins did a masterful job of getting under Shaq’s skin, whether he intended to or not. Hey, if you’re sitting in Stephen A. Smith’s chair for a day, you might as well take advantage of it, right?
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