Throughout his career in the NBA, not many fans actually paid much attention to Ryan Hollins as he was the prototypical NBA journeyman center that played for nine teams in 10 seasons.
He certainly has everybody’s attention after retiring from the game, because he has a knack for saying the most insane things on television and actually believing it when it comes out of his mouth.
The most recent one came on Tuesday when he suggested that Rajon Rondo was better than Chris Paul right now. In 2019. In real life. In 2D and 3D. You get the point.
Fans have gotten so mad about this that one person took to Change.org and created a petition to get him off ESPN.
It reads as:
“Over the past year, former NBA bench-warmer Ryan Hollins has appeared on several episodes of ESPN’s popular morning program First Take. While the show’s headliners, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, seem to have no problem “debating” with Hollins about topics like NBA contracts, championship contenders, and player expectations for the upcoming season – we, the fans, are fed up with hearing Hollins’ voice.
This is because Ryan Hollins’ ability to speak coherently, debate reasonably, and argue valid points is almost as bad as his ability to play professional basketball. The career 3.7 PPG and 2 RPG seven-footer has proven that his only real skill is to make outrageous claims over national airwaves and stand by them out of sheer ignorance when he is proven wrong. Some of his hottest takes to date include: 2018-2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is “overrated”, LeBron James is not the clear-cut leader of the LA Lakers, and the bat-shit crazy idea that the ’18-19 Golden State Warriors would “run laps” around Michael Jordan’s ’96 Bulls team.
Youtube comments on videos featuring Hollins on the program clearly show what NBA fans think about his basketball commentary. There have been efforts to “Dislike” every video in which he appears, but viewers have also noted that it wouldn’t make a difference, because a Dislike requires viewing the video, and a view is still a win in the eyes of the broadcasting company. If ESPN does not care as long as they are simply getting views on their content, and the fans will continue to view the content to listen to Stephen A. and Max, the only solution is to petition to remove Ryan Hollins from the show and ban him from ever appearing on it again. Whatever he is being paid to say the things he says, is definitely money that can be better spent elsewhere.”
All fans seem to take turns throwing shots at him on Twitter: