Stephen Jackson rips Ryan Hollins and Damon Jones, says they don’t have the credibility to talk about basketball
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson took to Twitter to lash out at player-turned-analysts Ryan Hollins and Damon Jones for their comments about a recent episode of ESPN’s First Take.
Jackson guys that there should be a rule to not allow former NBA players who never averaged 10-20 points per season in their entire career to talk about basketball on TV.
— Sports Notes (@TheSportsNotes) July 14, 2019
In the said episode of First Take, Hollins and Jones were asked about which player has more to prove next season, Stephen Curry or James Harden? Jones picked the former, simply because he has never led a team with no All-Stars to the playoffs. Damon completely disregarded all of Curry’s accomplishments simply because he wants to see the two-time MVP win on his own.
Hollins was actually the one who defended Curry and said it’s Harden who has a lot more to prove next season because as good as he’s been the past couple of years, he has yet to win a championship. It would’ve been alright from there, but Ryan had to go out and say that the 2018-19 Warriors is the best NBA team of all-time.
Both Hollins and Jones have been recurring figures on ESPN’s shows, and they have been severely criticized by fans for some of the things they say on national television.
So it is understandable why Jackson is upset.
And for those who want to know, Jones played in the NBA from 1998-2009, and his best scoring season came in 2004-05 when he averaged 11.6 points per game as a member of the Miami Heat. Hollins was in the league from 2007-2016 and his highest scoring average came in 2009-10 when he put up 6.1 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves.