JJ Redick’s addition to the sports broadcasting industry is a blessing. He brings other dimensions and views and is not afraid to go against Stephen A. Smith. The two had a heated conversation after SAS claimed Stephen Curry could replace LeBron James as the face of their generation.
Stephen A Smith claims Curry could overtake LeBron
Smith details how Curry could replace LeBron as the face of their generation during one episode of ESPN’s First Take where JJ Redick was a guest.
SAS cited Steph’s impact on the game, how it changed the landscape, paving the way for the 3-point era and how kids today would pull up anywhere from the court to mimic Curry. All were valid reasons, but when he cited hypothetical championships that Stephen Curry would have won over James and in the next year, that’s when Redick had to comment.
"Look, I’m not negating Steph Curry’s impact on the three-point era or how youth basketball is played now. You’re also talking about interest in a human being. LeBron James on Instagram has 104 million followers. Steph Curry has 38 million. LeBron has 17 All-NBA. Steph has 7. LeBron has 4 MVPs, Steph has two. Like in any statistical measure, doesn’t have to be advanced, LeBron James is ahead of Steph. You’re just trying to elicit a response.”
Redick earned praise from basketball fans. It’s not every day someone claps back at SAS’ ridiculous takes. Finally, someone puts Stephen A. Smith in his place. What makes JJ a breath of fresh air is that he’s calm and supports his opinions with facts. But is there some truth that James is still the face of his generation?
LeBron James as the face of his generation
The era of LeBron James started earlier as he entered the league in 2003. We can say he started showing flashes of brilliance or dominance in his 2nd year after making the All-Star. From 2004 until last year, James has made the All-Star every single time. Based on this alone and his ten times finals appearances, it’s safe to say The King is still the face of his generation.
Meanwhile, Curry entered the league in 2009. He has not made the All-Star until 2013, his 5th year in the NBA. Since then, he has made the All-Star game six times. If the span of LeBron’s dominance is compared to that of Curry’s, James’ is obviously longer.
Steph changed the game forever. The next face of the NBA could be Giannis Antetokounmpo or Luka Doncic. If Curry is not named the face of his generation, it’s not a knock on his legacy. Everyone knows what he’s done in the sport. But when it comes to being the face of his generations, there’s no argument that the distinction belongs to LeBron James.