Stephen A. Smith Rumors
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith, a man everyone takes seriously and whose opinion is highly respected in the industry, has stepped forward as one of the first national media members to have an opinion on one of the redesigned Sixers logos. “Not indicative of the City of Brotherly Love,” Smith called an image of Ben Franklin wearing red, white and blue while dribbling a basketball.
Smith fired back at MCW Friday on Sirius NBA radio, and in perhaps the saddest display of a media member tough-talking an athlete, here’s what Smith said: “You’ve never going to have the last word over us. And you damn sure ain’t going to have the last word over me. I’m not going to start problems, but I can damn sure finish them. If these guys want to come at me, let them do it at their own peril. It will be a mistake.”
Michael Carter-Williams: We weren’t the story anymore. They were on to the next thing. Stephen A. didn’t really stick around. I guess he had a plane to catch. Believe me, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure he doesn’t come back for the same reason.
Michael Carter-Williams: The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face. I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?”
Michael Carter-Williams: In the middle of the playoff race, a race we were decidedly not in, it seemed like the entire media spotlight was on us. And trust me, I get it. We had lost 26 games in a row. Of course, our roster had lost a combined 200-plus games to injury and we had used more than 20 different players in the lineup since opening night. That didn’t seem to be a part of the conversation. All anybody was talking about was “tanking.” We knew it was going to be a circus when ESPN flew in Stephen A. Smith to Philadelphia for the 27th game against Detroit. In the locker room before shootaround, we got swarmed by reporters. You could barely move around the room. Somebody actually asked, “So how does it feel to be a part of the most losing team in NBA history?” Which was really funny because we hadn’t even played the game yet. Everybody just expected us to lose and set the record.
Michael Carter-Williams: You can question my shooting. You can question my ceiling. Just don’t question if I’m giving my all every single night. Don’t talk to me about tanking. The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face. I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?”
ESPN finally announced news that’s a couple weeks old – Stephen A. Smith is leaving the network’s New York radio station (98.7) for Sirius radio. But it’s not nearly as simple as that.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams that reached out to the veteran guard, but Stephen A. Smith of ESPN has said that there is another team gauging interest in D-Wade. According to Smith on Friday night’s SportsCenter, the Dallas Mavericks have reached out to Wade.
Speaking on First Take, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said the Knicks and Sixers have had conversations about a deal that would send Amare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert to the Philadelphia. Although what the Sixers would send back isn’t clear, it likely wouldn’t be much more than a draft pick or non-guaranteed contract player, as the Knicks would do the deal to clear cap space.
Hibbert is still in fine form delighting the Internet, like Wednesday night after the Heat-Pacers game, when he creepily hung behind ESPN’s NBA Countdown crew — Sage Steele, Stephen A. Smith, and Avery Johnson — and made some excellent television. Take it easy with the hairline jokes though, Roy. Some people are sensitive about that.
The conversation somehow turns to the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert, and at the 10-second mark, Smith shares a piece of gossip with Howard. The audio’s hard to hear (headphones help), so here’s the transcription: “And by the way, [James] Dolan was ready to trade [Shumpert] because he didn’t want to work out in the summer league. Dolan’s talking about trading him. I said, “trade who? You better hold on to that boy. You better not lose Iman Shumpert.’ That boy can play.”
ESPN personality and First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith has long been an outspoken New York Knicks fan. Needless to say, he was not pleased after the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Here’s what he posted on his Twitter account Sunday morning: I’m DEPRESSED right now, Ladies and Gentlemen. Not going to lie. Can’t sleep. Won’t eat. Don’t wanna work! But I’ll be on FIRST TAKE in AM.
An industry source said Woodson called Smith prior to the show and told him he would not be making his scheduled appearance. The station had promoted the Woodson segment during its morning programming.
Has Mike Woodson been muzzled? Wednesday, the day after his Knicks lost 93-82 to Indiana to go down 3-1 in the series, Woodson did not show up for his regular ESPN-98.7 radio segment. Stephen A. Smith, the show’s co-host, put the blame squarely on Garden suits. Mike Woodson was supposed to be coming on, ladies and gentlemen. We didn’t lie to you. The New York Knicks organization backed out,” Smith said at the beginning of Wednesday’s show. “The coach didn’t back out because Mike Woodson wouldn’t do that — no matter what he says.”
Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio: Then this past weekend, at All-Star weekend – I haven’t’ seen anyone report it, so I guess I’ll be the first. Coach Gregg Popovich dropped a few f-bombs in Dwight Howard’s direction, during All-Star break. Now why is that guys? Because during the timeout, Gregg Popvich drew up a play for Dwight Howard, in the game… except when it was time to run the play, Dwight Howard wasn’t in the game, wasn’t paying attention, was on the bench in his warm ups chillin out socializing with folks, and Gregg Popvich almost went ballistic, and basically was cussing at him according to numerous people I spoke to since this weekend. So, all of that speaks to the focus, or lack there of, that the Kobe Bryant’s and others have alluded to with their comments over the last few months. You can’t have something like that. It’s an All-Star game and you have Gregg Popovich upset at you.
During a discussion about Kobe Bryant’s foot injury on ESPN First Take Thursday morning, Stephen A. Smith said something that has the internet buzzing. It wasn’t completely audible so we cannot say for sure, but it certainly sounded like Stephen A. said “n**ga please” in the middle of one of his rants. The video was called to our attention by The Big Lead, and they are unsure of what they heard as well. We’ve seen him flip the bird during discussions on TV before, so you can’t completely rule out that Stephen A. had a slip of the tongue. It’s also not the first time he has been accused of using the “N” word on TV.
Stephen A. Smith will not be reprimanded for saying the N-Word on First Take this morning, ESPN has determined. It appears the powers that be huddled for a couple hours this morning, and Stephen A. Smith convinced them that he didn’t say “Nigga please,” even though 99 percent of people who have seen the audio. His non-apology denial is laughable. “I’m a New Yorker! I speak very, very fastly!” (He really said that.)
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Stephen A. Smith, as one of ESPN’s most noisy and visible commentators, has plenty of people out to get him. Enter The Onion, one of America’s most famous – and hilarious – satire factories. Today they published the story entitled “Stephen A. Smith Thinking Son Is Finally Ready For The Sex Argument.” Decent enough joke, but what made it really funny is that Stephen A. Smith either didn’t click the link or was not familiar with The Onion. Needless to say, Stephen A. was not happy to hear such lies.
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was a guest on ESPNs First Take on Friday morning and took a number of shots at the media for the way they cover sports, and took no exception to singling out Skip Bayless, who hosts the show with Stephen A. Smith and Jay Crawford: “It’s not just Skip, it’s sports writers, sports media in general where everything is generalities, ‘excruciating pressure,’ what the hell is that?” “You guys like to talk in complete generalities, where nobody can question you, right? You don’t ever use facts, you don’t ever use substance. [Y]ou have the presumption where people actually care what you say. They don’t.”
What the deal with LeBron James and Twitter? Stephen A. Smith: If you’re an athlete, you can’t use Twitter as as excuse to point out detriments [in others] and not point out how you use it to your advantage. LeBron is a member of the Twitter generation. So he can give it, but he also has to take it. Here’s how I look at [the power of] Twitter: I heard that Kim Kardashian can make $10,000 just by holding a product and putting a picture on Twitter. Ten-thousand dollars for a photo! Imagine that.
Shaquille O’Neal seems to have embraced the use of Twitter and social media to improve his marketing and personal status in the community. Stephen A. Smith: Shaq knew about social media before there was social media. He is not someone who manufactures his feelings just so he can try to connect with people. I know Shaq a long time. I have a lot of respect for him. Here’s why: He has no problem with me calling him out. When he was good, I said so. But when he played like garbage, I said so.
Alex Kennedy: Stephen A. Smith, on his radio show, said that LeBron James struggled in Game 4 due to some personal issues. He didn’t go into any details.
“Words cannot express how excited I am to return to ESPN,” said Smith. “The five-plus years I spent here in my previous stint were unquestionably the best years of my professional career. To have the opportunity to return to a place where I have an abundance of friends – with individuals whose contributions to my life, both professionally and personally, deserves far more credit than I can describe – simply makes my return that much more special. I’m sincerely grateful. And very, very ready. As in right now. Let’s go!”
The mercurial sports personality and journalist Stephen A. Smith has rejoined his former employer, ESPN. Smith, who previously hosted the short-lived television show “Quite Frankly,” will write for espn.com and, in the words of the press release, serve as a weekly “local” radio host for the Los Angeles and New York markets with a concentration on NBA coverage. One show will air on 1050 ESPN in New York from 7-9 p.m. ET and another on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles from 6-8 p.m. PT. Interesting definition of local.