– So back to what happened last night. Kevin Durant did make a statement last night. Because all the buildup to the game was, oh, it’s going to be interesting. Kevin missed time last year, and Steph and company they just went right– in fact, I was making the case that they looked even a little better than they looked with Kevin in the lineup, with Steph. So here, roles reversed, and all of a sudden, tables turned. Kevin, can you take over and lead this team the way Steph has done without you in the lineup? And guess what he did?
SHANNON SHARPE: What’d he do?
– He didn’t prove just last night that he’s more valuable than Steph Curry is to this team. He reinforced what he proved in the NBA finals to you and the rest of the world–
SHANNON SHARPE: [LAUGHS]
– –and that’s that he’s better than LeBron James.
– (LAUGHING) [INAUDIBLE]
SKIP BAYLESS: And you know what’s funny? Joy, he made the case that he’s better than LeBron James. Did you hear all the numbers he threw out? And they were all pro-Kevin, anti-LeBron numbers.
– What did he throw out?
– You throw out the free throws, because he’s actually shooting 87%. You said he’s 90. But that’s OK
– I said 88%, 90%.
– He can be. He can be. Yeah. And probably, by the end of the year, he will be 90% free throw shooter. And LeBron has drifted clear down to 76. Ooh.
– OK. OK– points, rebounds, and assists.
– OK, so that’s big advantage. So last night, Kevin Durant did something I don’t think he’s ever done in all of his history. He’s now in his 11th NBA season. He played pure point guard. He dribbled the ball up the floor 29 times last night, which is more than twice as many times as he ever has in any single other NBA game.