ESPN star Kendrick Perkins made a bold statement about LeBron James live on First Take.
Perkins shocked viewers with his claims on live television during Thursday’s ESPN debate show.
He claimed James could beat Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors “anytime.”
Perkins said Kevin Durant’s departure from the Warriors in 2019 gave LeBron the upper hand over Golden State.
On “First Take,” Perkins said, “Without Kevin Durant on the Warriors, LeBron James can basically beat the Warriors any time it’s a head-to-head with Steph Curry.”
Curry has a record of 27-22 head-to-head encounters with James during her NBA career.
But since Durant left the Golden State, James has an 8-6 lead over Curry.
That includes a Lakers win in the playoff series this season and a play-in win in 2021.
But even in 2015, before Durant arrived in the Golden State, fans noticed a streak.
One said, “But he lost to him straight without Durant in 2015.”
Another commented, “No KD for the Warriors, no Anthony Davis for the Lakers, Warriors win.”
And a third wrote: “Why do we always talk about who the opponent has but not who Lebron has?”
“AD was the best two-way player of that series and LeBron had the better team by far.”
“But we always have to talk about who he lost to, not who he has on his team.”
First Take is missing regular presenter Molly Qerim and star panelist Stephen A Smith this week.
Some fans were upset that Thursday’s show began with a debate against James Harden and didn’t focus on Domingo German’s perfect game for the New York Yankees.