Stephen A. Smith may have had a controversial take on Steve Nash being named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, but he said that it wasn’t one that he took pleasure in delivering. In fact, he called sharing his opinion “one of the toughest, toughest decisions I’ve ever had to take in my career on First Take.”
The First Take host had nothing but good things to say about Steve Nash as a person. Smith noted all of the work Nash did during his career to lift up younger and lower-profile players and acknowledged his Hall of Fame credentials.
“Steve Nash is a sensational dude, and if anybody deserves this opportunity absent the experience he has as a coach, it is him.”
Most of Stephen A. Smith’s scorn and frustration was directed at the Nets and the NBA. He said that “in these times when we are making all this noise about social justice” not much has changed in the thinking of the people at the top.
“Ladies and gentlemen, there’s no way around this. This is white privilege. This does not happen for a Black man. No experience whatsoever? On any level as a coach and you get the Brooklyn Nets job?”
Smith acknowledges that according to his sources, both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant signed off on the hire. Smith isn’t worried about Nash getting pushback from his players. He is frustrated by people like Ty Lue and Mark Jackson, who have succeeded as head coaches being passed over for a more famous white man with no experience. Smith tied his frustration into those marching in protest of racial inequality.
“The frustration, the protests and all of these things you see across America emanating from the Black community and disenfranchised communities is that proverbial glass ceiling, and the fact that it breeds a level of frustration that we can’t even put into words sometimes. You just want to scream, scream to the high heavens, ‘how the hell does this always happen for somebody else other than us?’ Why is it that we have to be twice as good to get half as much?”
Not surprisingly, Stephen A. Smith has received some pushback on social media. That’s bound to happen when you are an already polarizing figure and use a phrase like “white privilege,” which tends to set Twitter off. One interesting rebuke came from his friend and ESPN colleague Jay Williams.
As Smith pointed out at the beginning of his rant, there is no shortage of love for Nash in the league. The two-time MVP has received largely praise and well wishes from his coaching peers.
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.