While in this NBA tread, absolutely great that JJ Redick called out Kendrick Perkins on First Take the other day. Perk called NBA mvp voters racists because Nikola Jokich is likely to win his third MVP. On ESPN it's just normal to call everything racist. JJ went right after Perk and said ESPN and First Take makes up narratives with no facts behind them. Of course Stephen A and the eye candy on there fall behind the "it's a debate show" excuse.
That whole thing was a mess in so many directions. The actual topic itself is deeply complicated in its own right. Just a lot going on.
As for the fireworks on TV…
• Perk probably isn’t the guy that should be claiming “media bias.” (I suspect this is the one
thing you can somehow get 95% of people to agree on WRT this topic.)
• I like Perk in general, but him evading (or going around, whatever you want to call it) JJ’s rebuttal when JJ voices his disagreement with both the general trend of FT and what Perk said — and then shouting down JJ — doesn’t promote a charitable listening to his point. Just not convincing; not in this climate, but also for the fact the multi-directional “talk show” industry that promotes confrontation isn’t really the place to get the point across.
• JJ voiced his disagreement with Perk on the issue, while also making the inference that the dynamic of the show isn’t promoting the presumptive values (in his eyes) of thought-provoking and informative discussion from which viewers can come out more thoughtful. I can’t personally agree with everything JJ said on the former matter, but more to his broader point I think that latter innuendo
has been lost in the shuffle as well.
• If the only thing people choose to take away from this is an affirmation of their prior idea of “woke”, that’s fine but they’re clearly missing the point of what JJ was also getting at.
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As for the topic,
There probably is some merit to media bias, and the implication the white voters become enamored (to a fault) toward white players who can conceivably be MVP candidates. But this is such a difficult year to be making that argument.
It’s difficult because Jokic has both been absolutely incredible, yet again, with ridiculous stats and because he’s clearly the best player on the best team in the better of the two halves to the Association. Like, the only question of interest in this matter between now and the end of the season is whether Giannis can make up enough ground to make it remotely interesting.
There are two minor “food for thought” things brewing on the impending Joker 3-peat. The first is whether he’s loafing it on defense/is just too generally vulnerable on D this year to hand him the keys to it. Personally, I don’t think it matters and don’t think it’s that interesting. The second is the looming “he better have a ring to show for it.” And that
is where it gets hot.