Roy Hibbert had an amazing block on Carmelo Anthony; Stephen A. Smith was not impressed (Video)

Roy Hibbert blockRoy Hibbert had an amazing block on Carmelo Anthony in the fourth quarter of Game 6 between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks that was a major turning point in the game.

The Knicks were up 92-90 with around five minutes left and looked like they might send the Eastern Conference semifinals series to a seventh game. The quarter had gone back-and-forth and was a one-possession game for the first seven minutes. But that’s when Hibbert changed the game.

The Pacers center came over to defend the rim after Anthony spun around Paul George and headed for a baseline dunk. He managed to stuff Melo’s dunk attempt at the rim. The ESPN replay showed the struggle between the two at the rim and how Hibbert’s strength stood up to ‘Melo’s. It was a thing of beauty.

The block sparked the Pacers; they went on a 9-0 run and won 106-99 to end the series. They outscored the Knicks 16-7 after the block, which was Hibbert’s fifth of the game.

Carmelo credited Hibbert for causing “havoc” in the paint. Everyone viewed it as a major turning point. But the only one unwilling to heap praise on Hibbert for the play was ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who said he wasn’t about to throw Hibbert “a cookie” for the play.

“It was a pivotal play in the game, no doubt about it, but I’m not about to throw him a cookie. He is 7-feet-2 for crying out loud. It’s nice to see him get up and block that shot,” Smith said after the game.

“That particular play, as great of a block as it was, I guess, you’re 7-feet-2. A guy 6-foot-8 is coming your way. I expect you to be able to make that play. That’s what you’re on the court for. I’m not about to give him cookies and milk for that.”

You can see his comments below:

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Stephen A. Smith speaks much less ‘fastly’ at start of Friday’s First Take show

Stephen A. Smith alluded to the controversial phrase many believed he said in Thursday’s edition of “First Take” during the opening moments of Friday’s show, telling viewers he would speak “slowly and clearly” to avoid future misunderstandings.

“You know what? I’m very, very good,” Smith said after being introduced by the show’s moderator. “I’m just very determined to speak very slowly and clearly today, so everybody’s clear about the things that come out of my mouth.”

Smith and fellow debater Skip Bayless then were asked to discuss Sunday’s New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game. He again mentioned that he would speak slowly.

“Well, speaking very slowly, I cannot believe that this is even a legitimate question. I do not believe that the New York Giants will lose twice to the Dallas Cowboys in the same season.”

Many people who watched Thursday’s show, or later saw the clip online (watch it here), believe Smith said “n—a please” during a discussion about Kobe Bryant.

During another appearance on ESPN later in the day, Smith denied saying that phrase.

“There have been numerous reports out there that I uttered a word that I should not have uttered. I’m going to repeat this one more time: I did not do so.

“I’m a New Yorker, I speak very, very fastly, and sometimes my words are misconstrued and I get that. If I were to say such a word, because I work for this network, because this network would never condone such a thing, I would instantly issue an apology because obviously it would be a huge mistake on my part if I did utter such a word. But I did not.

“I was speaking fast and I can understand how it could be misconstrued for those that were listening. But I did not utter that word. This is the second time in my career at First Take that I’ve had to say I did not utter that word.

“I hope this is not something that I have to revisit in the future. Maybe I need to slow down, articulate myself more clearly and precisely every single word that I utter out of my mouth. But please understand I did not say the things they are reporting that I said. And hopefully I will not have to ever address this again.”

We have reached out to Smith via email to ask him what he did say. As Jason Whitlock wrote, there is very little doubt for most people about what he said.

Did Stephen A. Smith drop an N-bomb on ESPN First Take?

During a discussion about Kobe Bryant’s foot injury on ESPN First Take Thursday morning, Stephen A. Smith said something that has the internet buzzing. It wasn’t completely audible so we cannot say for sure, but it certainly sounded like Stephen A. said “n**ga please” in the middle of one of his rants.

The video was called to our attention by The Big Lead, and they are unsure of what they heard as well. We’ve seen him flip the bird during discussions on TV before, so you can’t completely rule out that Stephen A. had a slip of the tongue. It’s also not the first time he has been accused of using the “N” word on TV.

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Stephen A. Smith got angry over a fake story written about him in ‘The Onion’

Stephen A. Smith’s trademark overblown outrage was on full display Monday, and best of all, was spurred by a satirical story from “The Onion” that mocked him for his argumentative style.

“The Onion” is a humor website that exclusively publishes satire. Either Smith was unaware of that fact, didn’t bother reading the story, or much like his colleague Skip Bayless, reacted by the seat of his pants and started firing off angry tweets without getting the full story.

Whatever the explanation, the tweets he sent out in response were highly amusing:

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SNL kills it with Stephen A. Smith spoof (Video)

In a skit that has been more than a long time coming, “Saturday Night Live” finally decided to take on the task of ragging on ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. They couldn’t have nailed it more perfectly. As you can see from the clip above, SNL’s Jay Pharoah had Stephen A.’s mannerisms and accent down perfectly. I’ve literally been waiting almost five years for SNL to make fun of Smith for acting like every NBA superstar is his closest friend, and the writers were all over it.

“Chris Bosh and I are like soul mates. We have showered together. We have fed each other seedless fruits for more times than I can remember.”

Absolutely perfect. There’s no way a guy should be able to say things like this and not be made fun of on national television. Bravo, Pharoah — A+ execution.

Stephen A. Smith Flips the Bird to Skip Bayless on ESPN (Picture)

Believe me, we do everything in our power here at LBS to not feed the beasts that are Stephen A. Smth and Skip Bayless.  Both guys are annoying, and we generally try not to talk about them unless one of them flips the other one off. Well, that happened on Thursday morning’s ESPN First Take. The above screenshot comes to us courtesy of @BDPFOLIFE. If you don’t believe it actually happened, we’ve got the NSFW shot waiting for you after the jump.

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Stephen A. Smith: LeBron James Had Personal Distractions in Game 4 (Video)

Radio host and NBA reporter Stephen A. Smith believes LeBron James has personal distractions that led to his lackluster play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The first I heard about the personal issues from Smith was during his guest appearance on Jim Rome is Burning Wednesday. He apparently repeated the same issues during his radio show, and then again Thursday morning on Mike and Mike with Chris Broussard in for Mike Golic. Here’s audio of that interview via Iamagm.com:

During his appearance on Jim Rome is Burning (full video below), Smith said “My theory is that he has a lot of distractions off the court and it tends to affect his play on the court. There are people in his camp who have alluded to that. … his mind is not completely and totally on the game.”

I don’t doubt Smith’s information, and it’s worth mentioning he was one of the first people to boldly predict LeBron and Chris Bosh would join Dwyane Wade in Miami. Here’s the thing: nobody wants to hear an excuse. We already heard enough about LeBron’s elbow last year and about Delonte West and his mom. Excuses are old, everyone faces problems, and we just don’t want to hear it.

LeBron, regardless of what is going on in his personal life, has to play well for the Heat. Nothing else matters except the results, and they have to be there for LeBron.

For more insight, here’s Smith’s appearance on JRIB that provides more background:

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