With Aaron Rodgers in the midst of his two-week stint as guest host of Jeopardy, I got to thinking which current NBA player would be the best choice to undertake this mission?
The NBA is loaded with stars who have great personalities. The options are endless.
In the bizarro world any of these stars would be interesting hosts. Kevin Durant could go all-in on his one-word answer mode as he did with Charles Barkley on TNT following the Nets opening night win. Kyrie Irving would likely question every answer on the board, that is if the Nets guard showed up for all of the recording session. The non-communicative Kawhi Leonard’s internal, method acting style doesn’t fit into the needed skill set to host Jeopardy. James Harden could pinch-hit if the category, “Strip Clubs”, ever appeared.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luca Doncic, and Joel Embiid have plenty of star power and charm, but the language barrier would be an issue.
My final four choices come down to an eclectic group of NBA stars.
Celtic Jaylen Brown is one of the smartest players in the league. Before being drafted, some worried that Brown was “too” smart to play in the NBA. Brown is only 24, so he loses out because the role calls for someone a little older.
Draymond Green will be a TV star whenever he retires. He is opinionated and has a great presence. However, Green is very emotional and might get into a skirmish with the contestants. You don’t want to make it mandatory for contestants to have to wear an athletic cup while playing Jeopardy.
LeBron James remains the biggest star in the NBA but already has his plate full with his media companies, I Promise Schools and winning championships.
My choice is Chris Paul. Basketball’s best “pure” point guard has the requisite skill set to handle this challenge. Smart, confident, with the right dash of arrogance.
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Point guards and quarterbacks are comfortable with the ball in their hands. Comfort is a must to hosting Jeopardy.
State Farm would love this choice since it would highlight another client.
To make this a “Double Jeopardy”, CP3 could host as his fictional brother Cliff Paul. Wearing glasses and a nerdy mustache seals the deal.
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