ESPN First Take fans have hailed a surprise guest as the future of sports media, comparing him to the show’s star host Stephen A. Smith.
Smith and co-host Molly Qerim welcomed 26-year-old Kenny Beecham, who has a basketball YouTube channel with 1.3 million subscribers, to the show.
And his cameo was well received by viewers.
Beecham started his YouTube career in 2012 by sharing his NBA 2K skills under the KOT4Q (King of the Fourth Quarter) channel.
In 2018, he partnered with House of Highlights, owned by Bleacher Report.
The basketball personality landed a co-host role on Bleacher Report’s weekly NBA fan podcast titled “Through The Wire.”
Fast forward to 2023 and Beecham is still co-hosting the show and creating videos on his flagship channel and five other YouTube channels, along with TikTok and Instagram.
He took his talent to the next level by appearing on the Monday edition of First Take.
The trio discussed the NBA playoffs, which started last week.
And fans bragged about Beecham’s skills alongside Molly Qerim and Stephen A.
One fan wrote: “The future of sports media.”
Another commented, “I’ll be a name like Stephen A in 10 years and been grinding on youtube for 5+ years building a great basketball community.”
And a third said: “The new media is here!”
Beecham also sees the business side of things.
He is the co-founder of Enjoy Basketball, a media and lifestyle brand that offers a weekly newsletter about basketball and publishes exclusive clothing collections.