Stephen A. Smith has long been one of the loudest voices in sports media, and his strident views have often rubbed other players the wrong way. This time around, Smith has taken his bashing of Kawhi Leonard to new levels, and he’s also made a surprise move that will make the team worse.
The NBA draft is happening this year, and the only team that is expected to move up could be the LA Clippers. According to ESPN, the Clippers are interested in trading the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a number of draft picks. If that is the case, it would mark a stunningly surprising turn of events for the franchise, who acquired Leonard two years ago and let him walk to the Toronto Raptors last summer.Good companies have supervisors who sometimes take an employee aside and say: Hey, you’re great, but you need a break. Take a long weekend. Stephen A. Smith needs a boss like this on ESPN to not freak out about the NBA playoffs and Kawhi Leonard. Maybe Steven A is in rehab for LeBron. Maybe his TV reception is fuzzy and he doesn’t see what the rest of the country sees. But telling the Los Angeles Clippers to give up Leonard is foolishness.
The Clippers are in trouble, but it doesn’t look likeis toast.
Kawhi Leonard missed 20 regular season games, but he performed well in the 2021 NBA Western Conference Playoffs. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Stephen A. ESPN talk show host Stephen A. Smith is not happy about the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2-0 loss against the Utah Jazz in the semifinals of the NBA’s Western Conference. The fact that the Clippers have gone to the fourth quarter in two games in Salt Lake City against the Jazz is irrelevant to him. Same goes for the Jazz, who have the best season record in the NBA, scoring a lot on just about everyone and pounding the boards. Smith only sees two-game totals that put the Clippers in the same position they were before they came back and beat the Dallas Mavericks in seven games in the first round. Never mind that they won the series against Dallas with three road wins and that the series against Utah is in Los Angeles for Game 3 on Saturday. Smith only sees LeBron fail. I’m sorry, we meant Leonard.
Smith from ESPN doesn’t have a high opinion of Leonard
ESPN’s Smith saw Donovan Mitchell shine in the first two games of the series and said he was a good comparison to John Stockton and Karl Malone. He’s the best player in the history of the Jazz organization, Smith said. Speaking to presenter Max Kellerman, he stressed that the franchise’s short- and medium-term future depends on Los Angeles’ ability to win an NBA championship. If Donovan Mitchell takes your Clippers out of the game, what do you think, Max? Let Kawhi go, Smith said. Let him go. Let him exercise his option and go somewhere else. … With LeBron James at home, this may be the Clippers’ best chance to win a chip. If that wasn’t the case last year, it certainly will be the case this year. And if you don’t do it now, you’re talking about adapting, rebuilding, trying to create a culture. @sportscasting19 .