Outside of people that just started watching basketball, the skillset and championship pedigree of Josh Hart is known to hardcore fans.
Throughout his time at Villanova and early start to his NBA career, the talented guard has proven he belongs on the main stage. After all, he was a national champion and consensus All-American during his days in the NCAA. Yet, FS1's Shannon Sharpe foolishly indicated on Undisputed that all the hype surrounding Hart should slow down.
"@joshhart plays hard, he plays smart, he plays with grit, and fire. He's got NBA game, stature, mental and physical toughness, so I love what I'm seeing. ... Magic has been brilliant drafting so far in his two drafts." — @RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/fOpQmG8Vsv— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) July 17, 2018
"There's an expectation that Josh Hart should play well. We've seen guys thrive when there's no expectations of winning. Now, there's an expectation of winning and for you to be good. How does he handle those two pressures?"
With all due respect, Mr. Sharpe, have you seen Hart play?
During the Summer League, the second-year guard is averaging 24.2 points per game. As for his rookie campaign, the Villanova star finished with 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest in limited minutes.
Calling him unproven is another debate, but questioning his ability to win is an insult, which sparked Hart to enlighten the Hall of Fame tight end.
That's the definition of a mic drop.
Sadly, Sharpe decided to basically ignore Hart's comments and just reiterate what he already said on TV.
I respect that, but you weren’t expected to reach state finals every yr and and win, go to 4 str8 final 4s and win, win NBA finals and that is now the expectations. All the best https://t.co/FeB0xysRAz— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) July 17, 2018
If Sharpe is going to take his LeBron James fandom over to Los Angeles, he'll need to have a better understanding of the King's new supporting cast. Josh Hart isn't just another role player, he's ready to become the future of the Lakers' backcourt.