/ Sep 29, 2014 / 1:00 pm
“Don’t get fired.”
That’s the mantra over at Grantland when Jalen Rose and David Jacoby weigh in on a controversial topic during one of their wide-ranging and always-entertaining podcasts.
More than just pithy words of wisdom, the saying eventually began to feel like a thin blue line someone would inevitably cross if they got on the air and talked long enough about various hot-button issues. Nobody thought that someone would be Grantland Editor-in-Chief himself Bill Simmons. But that’s precisely what happened Monday during his podcast, The B.S. Report, when he went on a profanity-laced tirade about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the recent Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, during which a surveillance video of Rice brutally punching his then-fiancée and knocking her unconscious in a hotel elevator surfaced and subsequently went viral. Read More »
/ Sep 9, 2014 / 11:30 am
During the depressing Hawks brouhaha over the weekend, which is continuing as Hawks ownership penalizes GM Danny Ferry even while looking for a new majority owner, CNN had Steve Smith on to talk about the culture of hoops in Atlanta. That’s Steve Smith, the 6-7 sharpshooter who spent 13 seasons in the NBA — including five with the Hawks — and made the all-star team in 1998. Not, Stephen A. Smith, one half of the screaming heads on ESPN’s First Take crew. Read More »
/ Jul 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm
Kevin Durant will hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016. It’s still two years away, but that hasn’t stopped talking heads from getting a head start on the speculation. On Monday, Stephen A. Smith went on ESPN’s “Inside The Locker Room” to discuss Durant’s impending free agency.
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ESPN “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith has been a part of the Carmelo Anthony rumor mill since the end of the regular season, but it goes so much further back then that. While we don’t know Smith’s sources, or their relationship with New York’s No. 7, we do know Smith believes Anthony will decide his free agency fate within the next 24 hours, and Smith, for one, will be “shocked” if he doesn’t choose New York. Read More »
On ESPN New York’s 98.7 FM’s “The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show,” co-host Smith mentioned a “95 percent possibility” LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony end up together if they both opt-in for the 2014-15 seasons. Not only that, but New York’s recent hiring of Derek Fisher could entice Kevin Durant to the Big Apple if he’s unhappy in OKC when his contract expires in the summer of 2016. Read More »
This won’t the last time we write about this, and it’s certainly not the first, but Stephen A. Smith, in another bit of prevarication this morning on ESPN’s First Take, says that unnamed sources are telling him Carmelo Anthony is still gone this summer in free agency. This comes the morning before Phil Jackson was announced as the new president of basketball operations for the Knicks and ‘Melo’s own excitement at the news. We’re pretty sure we’re going to be writing about ‘Melo’s free agency 50 years from now. Read More »
Following Indiana’s disappointing 97-94 loss to the Heat last night at American Airlines Arena, Roy Hibbert paused as he made his way across the backdrop to ESPN’s Countdown crew on Miami’s court. With Stephen A. Smith flanked by Sage Steele on his right and Avery Johnson on his left, Hibbert turns toward the camera in the background for a sneaky videobomb. Read More »
During Stephen A. Smith‘s ESPN radio show with Ryan Ruocco yesterday afternoon, his voice raised an octave after some light (for him) banter about the new Yankees contract for Jacoby Ellsbury. That’s because it was time to talk about the woeful Knicks, and Smith â€” as is his custom â€” decided to drop some truth bombs (featuring typically unnamed sources). According to Smith, Carmelo Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency this summer. Read More »
While filling as the host of the Michael K. Show on ESPN Radio earlier today, Stephen A. Smith dropped a bit of a bombshell for New York Knicks fans. HOOPSWORLD’s Tommy Beer notified us by tweeting Smith’s rumors about LeBron James possibly coming to the Knicks not this summer, but next. Read More »
New York Knicks owner James Dolan was ready to trade Iman Shumpert all because the swingman didn’t want to workout in the summer league, according to Stephen A. Smith. Unbelievable, right? The rumor came from an off-air conversation between Smith and Dwight Howard. Somehow, Azaz of the Knicks FanBlog discovered a behind-the-scenes recording of the longer ESPN conversation that aired when Howard left for Houston. Read More »