RICHARD Jefferson caused an uproar among Malika Andrews and his NBA Today co-panelists when he poked fun at Kendrick Perkins for wearing an apron live on air.
Perkins donned the unusual garment as a nod to the so-called second apron over the luxury tax – a cost-control measure introduced by the new collective bargaining agreement.
Perk donned the apron as the NBA Today panel discussed the new CBA supplement on Friday’s free agency special on the show.
It featured gray elephants with yellow dots around them.
But when Andrews brought this to viewers’ attention, Jefferson decided to anger Perkins.
“People back home don’t know this, but Perk walks around with one of them.
“Anytime we go out to lunch or dinner, he just unpacks, goes downstairs, takes people out and says, ‘Okay, I’d like three of each.'”
Everyone but Perkins burst out laughing when Jefferson made the joke.
But when the 2016 NBA champion noted that his “NBA Today” co-star wasn’t thrilled with the second part of his comment, he apologized.
“That’s not funny, I’m sorry,” Jefferson said.
ESPN reporter Zach Lowe first came up with the idea of wearing aprons on set.
In a recent episode of his podcastLowe discussed Bradley Beal’s move to the Phoenix Suns with colleague Bobby Marks.
Marks said his first reaction to the Blockbuster deal was that it would put the Suns in the second luxury tax zone, which would cost the franchise tens of millions of dollars.
He also joked that the Suns should be preparing T-shirts that read “second apron for the foreseeable future.”
Lowe tweaked the idea and suggested that Phoenix could start selling orange aprons that featured the salaries of Beal, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal above the team logo
Then on Friday, the ESPN reporter appeared wearing a short orange apron that featured the face of Suns owner Mat Ishbia.
Lowe also stated that he would have written the Suns Big 3 salaries on the apron if it had been longer.
“Whenever we go to lunch or dinner, he just unpacks everything, goes downstairs, takes people out and says, ‘Okay, I’d like three of each.’
Look and say, “That’s not funny, sorry.”