Stephen A. Smith Rumors
Smith, who ranted Thursday about Jackson having signed Odom while making multiple references to Odom using crack cocaine, did not respond to most of Odom lawyer Saam Zangeneh’s issues with the First Take meltdown; he did, however, iterate his “personal affection” for the two-time NBA champion: Because of my personal affection for Lamar Odom — and only for that reason — I want to return to my comments about something I’ve repeated quite often over the last few days: the flagrant ineptitude that I feel has been on continual display by Knick’s President Phil Jackson. My comments were NOT to put any more focus on Lamar Odom’s much publicized drug use and addiction. He was not the target of my ire.
The sole focus of my comments were directed at the unmitigated disaster that Phil Jackson has created since he’s arrived in New York. It my opinion, he simply couldn’t leave soon enough. Lamar Odom is simply one of the nicest athletes any of us have encountered, and has always been a gentlemen to everyone in NBA circles — including me — which is something I’ve repeated throughout the years. That’s why it’s worth repeating: Lamar Odom was not the focus of my ire. My comments were entirely, totally, meant for Phil Jackson. Anyone who loves the NY Knicks, who’ve witnessed what has been transpiring over the last three years, know exactly who I was directing my comments to. And Why!
Retired NBA forward Lamar Odom tweeted a letter his lawyer, Saam Zangeneh, penned to ESPN Friday in response to a highly suggestive comment Smith made about Odom on his morning talk show. In a rant about Phil Jackson’s questionable decisions as president of the Knicks, the ESPN voice pointed to Jackson signing Odom at the end of the 2013-14 season even though the big man “was on crack,” Smith argued on “First Take.”
Zangeneh’s letter — which Odom captioned with the hashtags “#slander” and #”ihopewearebetterthanthis” — denied Odom was on drugs when he joined the Knicks on the back-end of his career, but suggested the accusation was not the biggest problem he and Odom had with Smith’s comment.
Well, now that Durant put up an MVP performance to earn his first NBA title, Stephen A. Smith finally apologized. During Tuesday’s First Take, Wanda was again a guest on the show — wearing her NBA champions shirt — and she didn’t back down from Smith until he apologized for his year-long vendetta against her son.
Across the dial on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith wasn’t as emphatic as his former sparring partner, but still didn’t count out a repeat scenario of last year. “If Golden State loses tonight, we will be back here [in Oakland] for Game 7,” he said.