Malika Andrews is one of the most respected NBA broadcasters on TV today.
Over the past year, she has built up an impressive rapport with a number of personalities at the World Wide Leader.
Part of the reason for her success?
A certain fearlessness when it comes time to going head-to-head with them, regardless of whether it is in a joking manner or adversarial.
Case in point: her encounter with Kendrick Perkins this past week.
The cast was discussing the “most effortless scorer” in the league this year among NBA players who were averaging 30 or more points per game.
At one point, Andrews pointed out that the three panelists she was speaking with – Perkins, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson — had combined for 219 30-point games.
That’s when this happened:
She did Kendrick Perkins dirty 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/2iR8RI7nA4
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) December 1, 2022
“How many did Perk contribute to that one?” Andrews asked.
Perkins, obviously, has never scored 30 points in a game. His career high was 26 points in a 2009 outing for the Boston Celtics.
Carter scored 30 points 185 times throughout his career ,while Jefferson did so 34 times.
Fans loved it:
— T. (@troymamba_) December 2, 2022
— XRP_LionzDen(JPXRP) (@Lionz___) December 2, 2022
Oh my…. https://t.co/k4gSxhbwW1
— LizzLocker (on Mastodon & Hive) (@Lizzs_Lockeroom) December 2, 2022
Lmao na son never dropped 30?😭 https://t.co/3hw3FI2yxd
— Sincerely, Jalen (@mykrazylife_) December 2, 2022
Bruh 🤣🤣 https://t.co/X8WvgzZs5q
— BOBBY D .MINATO 🇬🇭 (@ManishmaJeffery) December 2, 2022
This isn’t the first time in recent weeks Andrews has blown up online like this.
No wonder ESPN pays her what it does.
Aaron Rodgers didn’t celebrate his birthday alone. https://t.co/gp59PKQ7nX
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 3, 2022
With the NBA season really picking up steam, this likely isn’t the last time Andrews will cause a stir in the foreseeable future.
What will she ultimately go viral for next?
Time will tell.