Kenny Smith Rumors
Kenny Smith says Meek Mill should NOT be canceled for referencing Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in his new song … telling TMZ Sports the rapper deserves a pass for the controversial lyric. The Philly rapper drew SERIOUS backlash this week when his new collab with Lil Baby surfaced on the internet … with fans outraged over the following bar — “And if I ever lack I’m going out with my chopper, it be another Kobe.”
While some fans are ready to pull the plug on Meek’s career, Smith says he’s going to give the guy a pass. “I’m a Meek Mill fan,” Smith says. “I know that he’s a huge basketball fan, huge Kobe fan. Whatever he says, I’m always going to give Meek a pass.”
Inside The NBA has been on the air for more than 30 years and is, for many, the most beloved sports studio show of all-time. Ernie Johnson has been there from the beginning, joined by various analysts in the early years, but Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley became permanent fixtures, eventually joined by Shaquille O’Neal. That group will tell their story, along with the help of others who have been guests or just famous fans of the show, in a four-part documentary series on TNT starting March 4. The first trailer for the series shows how it will trace the history of the show, but also tell some never before told stories of what goes on behind the scenes at Studio J and how they found their identity as one of the more fun sports shows on TV.
What about the Donovan (situation)? For me, he has been amazing media-wise since he got into the league… …Chuck interjects — Charles Barkley: But yeah, you know Sam, let me tell you something. Me and Kenny actually had a conversation this weekend about this, because (Kenny) was talking to his dad. And his dad says, ‘I was watching the show the other night and I went and did some research (and) Donovan has only had one game of double-digit assists his entire career. He’s had only one game of double-digit rebounds in his career. Kenny Smith had 90. He had 90. And Kenny Smith ain’t half the player Donovan Mitchell is. He had 90 games where he had either 10 assists or 10 rebounds. And that was the point.
Charles Barkley: We said the kid was a hell of a player. But as far as being a superstar, nobody’s a superstar until they can win the game multiple ways. And listen, that to me is an indictment on Donovan Mitchell. Come on, man. As much as you have the ball, you only had one game with double-digit assists? And one game double-digit rebounds? Come on. I mean Sam, that’s almost impossible.
Charles Barkley said in an interview on The Ringer’s podcast “Winging It with Vince Carter” on Monday he thought Smith should have let his colleagues know what he was doing in advance. “I was pissed at Kenny. Because I didn’t think he should’ve walked off. He should’ve told us in advance. Because I had just said that it was bogus what the Milwaukee Bucks just did to the Orlando Magic. They didn’t tell them. And then like 30 seconds later, he did the exact same thing,” the outspoken former NBA player said. “I had no problem with him walking off. He should’ve told us so we could’ve prepared. The show was like, ‘Uh-oh.’”