ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins falls duped by Twitter rumor

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Golden State Warriors ahead Jonathan Kuminga is formally listed as 6-foot-7 by the NBA. Nevertheless, inside the previous couple of days, a false Twitter rumor has been circulating that Kuminga has grown to be at the very least 7 ft tall.

ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins fell for the viral joke.

“From reviews, I’m listening to that Jonathan Kuminga is now 7-(foot)-2. The child has gotten higher each single season,” the previous Boston Celtics heart mentioned throughout a Tuesday phase on SportsCenter.

Perkins tweeted a response to at least one tweet poking enjoyable on the former NBA participant for falling for the false rumor Kuminga grew seven inches for the reason that Warriors’ season ended final month. “I hate this rattling app (giggle emojis),” Perkins wrote on Twitter.

Even longtime Warrior Andre Iguodala joined in on the enjoyable, joking on Twitter that he can verify the 20-year-old’s large and sudden progress spurt.

“I simply noticed JK. He 7’2,” Iguodala tweeted. The tweet has gone viral and now has over 7 million views.

A query was requested within the replies to Iguodala’s tweet for Affiliate Professor of UCSF Orthopedic Surgical procedure Dr. Nirva Pandya. Pandya mentioned Kuminga’s rumored progress spurt is “potential” however much less frequent.

“It’s completely potential that an athlete can have a late progress “spurt,” Pandya mentioned on Twitter. “Physiologically, some people could have their progress “plates” (known as the physes) shut at a later age. Though much less frequent, that is potential.”‘

This isn’t the primary time throughout the previous 12 months that ESPN infamously went viral for operating with a faux quote on the Web. The community ran a phase primarily based on a fake quote from a sports activities parody Twitter account that had Grizzlies star Ja Morant saying Michael Jordan can be “simply one other celebrity” in right this moment’s NBA.

ESPN issued an apology for the false reporting throughout its daytime present “This Simply In.”

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