I got some **** to say....(not coming in here like Suge Knight at the Source Awards...Promise
Stephen A Smith - I never hated him, I've always respected him. I always gave him the benefit of doubt when it came to NBA basketball, He knows his stuff and he has a long line of work, connections, and sources. But I don't listen to him nowadays (ever since he left the radio) and I damn sure don't watch First Take due to the gasbagging and the simple fact it's on during work hours - but we all know how First Take is (a show thats engineers itself on perpetuating controversial hot takes and trolling). I never blamed SAS for going on FirstTake, he needs to make his money. I liked him on the radio more when he represented NY - instead of this "National TV Star".... Whatever
But today I was home around the time the show aired and let it run while I was in and out the shower getting ready....so the topic was Kristaps Porinzingus & whether or not we should build around him going forward and trade Melo. Ya'll know how I feel about that topic (Melo is an asset, we should have considered trading him last year and def should consider it more going forward now that we have a great young talent, we're not winning the championship anytime soon - so whats the point of Melo) - but forget it all that...
This dude Stephen A was throwing some ridiculous shade and skepticism at KP, and that shade wasn't just regular criticism, that shade has a serious xenophobic and prejudice undertones. That doesn't sit right with me here. Most of Knick fans I knew IRL and most Knick fans in here were seriously letting their Xenophobia manifest and present itself - "Don't want KP, he's European, he's soft, next Bargani, Dirk is an exception, KP - he's this, he's that, blah, blah, blah) I mean that was disgusting then, when it happened, but I guess I understood it. After Bargani - ya'll dudes were on edge.
But alot of ya'll changed your mind, gave this dude a shot and in return I commend ya'll - now we can get back to basketball and enjoy this excitement. I've never been this excited about a drafted player by the Knicks in my lifetime, I wasn't born when we drafted Ewing and every other draft pick (that we didn't trade away) has been a huge miss. Boom - lets go. Moving on...
The ish Stephen A Smith said, I'm paraphrasing here - "Hell No we shouldn't build around Porzingis,, Phil Jackson is getting a pass, KP winning Rookie of the Year doesn't mean much, Porzingis is 7'3 - he should be doing that" -
First of all Mr. Smith, Being a 7 footer shouldn't guarantee him or us fans anything. That expression "Can't teach 7 feet", it's a popular expression but I'd go with this one - "You can't teach balance, coordination, agility, and footwork to a 7 footer...either they have it or they don't". Remember Tyson Chandler's chopstick legs trying to take a few coordinated steps? Ever take a look at Dwight Howard trying to make a spin move? - it's done with the coordination of a statue - slowly, tediously, and obvious. I guess most 7 footers in the NBA are failing at doing
what they're "suppose" to do Mr.Smith - maybe SAS he overlooking that fact that there are only a handful of 7 footers out there in the NBA who have the skills and the coordination to just simply do what they're "supposed to do" . (Thats why I always wanted KP before the draft. That type of size and agility are the hardest things to find in basketball. Give me that any day, Less than a handful of 7 footers who can do that. The guy is trying to subliminally persuade us that KP is just some regular 7 foot John doing the simplest of jobs. It's absurd man and crazy prejudicially suspicious - I don't think SAS would ever undermine and be so patronizing about KP- if KP was some black dude from America. KP is a 19 y/o dude bro, SAS has almost always given young guys NBA ballers the benefit of the doubt.
I don't know man, ish just doesn't seem right and objective to me. SAS has always been super critical of the Knicks tho, I've been super critical of the Knicks too. lots of the times I've agreed with him - but this kind of criticism is different. Stephen A laughed and attacked Skip when he said "he could be Dirk, but a Dirk who plays Defense" - Alright bro, maybe thats "reaching" and way to early to say- but we ALL KNOW DAMN WELL if this was 1999 and some scout told SAS that Dirk Nowitzki would become a legend - we know SAS would have gone crazy and said "Nah, AINT HAPPENING"
. I'm not going to ever compare KP with Dirk, I think they're two totally different players and Dirk is one the greatest to ever play. I can't assure KP will be the shooter, the presence, and the majestic scorer Dirk was/is - But I can assure you that Dirk was never in his life as athletic as KP, even when Dirk was a young rookie. And I can also assure you that KP has more of an appetite to play Defense and crash the boards (Go Get It!) than Dirk has ever had in his career. So it's not out of the realm of possibilities that we may t
have a future All-Star here Stephen, it's not "ASININE", it's not "PREPOSTEROUS", and it's not "RIDICULOUS". - All it is, is exciting for right now.
And going on tirades about how disappointing Phil has been and how much money he makes - Bro, for him or for anyone who agrees
with SAS on this issue (lots still do). No player in the FA market these past two seasons was going to lead us into the promise-land, None. You want the Knicks to change the culture and philosophy, you want the Knicks to stop making the disastrous decision making that has got us one-step forward and then four-steps back - give Phil is F'nn break man. And don't put pressure on the Knicks to overpay, overtrade, and lose our Draft picks until 2030 because you want them to have an unrealistic chance of winning the championship tomorrow with Phil. We've been waiting 40+ years for a Ring, We've been waiting 20+ years to be relevant, we waited 10+ years to make the playoffs not too long ago - I can wait and trust Phil another 5 years going forward. He blew it up, he did what he had to last year and still has Melo (a great tradable asset) going forward. And Pleaseeee Don't throw fits when the words "Melo", "Trade", "Future", and "Rebuild" are in the same sentence. We have options for the first time in a long time - thats good. Phil makes 12 million a year, it doesn't affect our salary, it doesn't affect the fans, and whenever someone can bleed more money out of Dolan's pockets - it puts a smile on my face. Rent ain't cheap in NY
God Damn, I had no idea I ranted this F'nn hard, I just pulled the @THE GR8EST
type of move on here for the first time, ever - My bad. @JohnnyRedStorm
edit and revise that, send it to your editor, and then make him send it to SAS. Boom!