• Brian L. Barefield

Ex-NBA Player Is Fed Up With Stephen A. Smith's Comments on Nets Guard Kyrie Irving

Most professional athletes have grown accustomed to ESPN First Take host Stephen A. Smith going on rants where he speaks loudly and uses words straight out of a thesaurus. Many of them think it is a character he portrays on television to get ratings.

Well, one retired ex-NBA All-Star has had enough and has decided to speak out. Smith has gone on and on about Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving with his recent tirades. Going so far as to say that he thought Irving would miss games when Russia invaded Ukraine.

Former Nets player Stephon Marbury reacted strongly to the vitriol spewed by Smith towards Irving.

“I’m starting to think Stephen A. Smith thinks he’s a star for speaking the English language loud and obnoxious on TV,” said Marbury during an interview with Bally Sports. “I truly believe he’s upset he couldn’t play ball in front of 19,000 people every night, so he reverted towards [bashing] people who look like him who have true intentions on earth to be real and authentic towards helping people.”

Smith, who is also on ESPN’s NBA Countdown show, has been clear that Irving’s talent is not in question but his commitment to playing basketball continuously for an entire season is. Irving missed most of the past season due to his refusal to get vaccinated per New York State and NBA mandates for COVID-19.

Brooklyn made it into the 2022 NBA Playoffs by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the play-in game but lost in a 4-0 sweep to the Boston Celtics in the first round.

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