So do people like Stephen A. Smith now?

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So do people like Stephen A. Smith now? 

Post#1 » by RoxSteady » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:34 pm

Several years ago, almost any mentioning of Stephen A. Smith's name would be responded to with a groan, an eye roll, and/or complaining about how annoying, contentious, unreliable, wrong-headed he is. I understand the point of having him on TV has always been to evoke a big response.

Now you see his face used in memes all the time, but in a way that suggest he's funny, not in a way that disparages him. And back in April, people seemed to respond to the news that he signed that massive contract with an attitude along the lines of, "good for him."

Did things change?

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Re: So do people like Stephen A. Smith now? 

Post#2 » by TacoLord » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:40 pm

I like watching him cry about the Knicks, does that count?
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Post#3 » by PockyCandy » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:43 pm

I think he's an annoying blowhard who gets far too much exposure, and I never take any of his opinions seriously.

But at the same time, I've read about how hard he had to work to get where he is today, and I can't help but respect that.
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Post#4 » by TheNewEra » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:43 pm

Always been love/hate for the guy but he’s entertaining. From the Kwame Brown trade rant to being groomed to take over first take he has put the work in. Some people still might not like him but you have to respect his work ethic he earned that contract and is working even more now.

I’ve always been happy for the dude even when I disagree
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Post#5 » by Dominater » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:47 pm

I don't think anybody really hates him. The screamin A thing is a gimmick and it works. The thing he gets picked on the most for is that he's almost always wrong on his "scoops".
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Post#6 » by First Step » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:03 pm

He's more of a personality than a sports analyst.
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Post#7 » by BodieB » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:06 pm

He's good at what he does.
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Post#9 » by Freighttrain » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:10 pm

I rarely agree with his takes, but I admire his work ethic. He's also probably one of the few people that keep ESPN from falling of the cliffs.

The despair in his voice when talking about the Knicks and Dolan is also pretty entertaining.
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Post#10 » by Forte IV » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:12 pm

I respect a guy who gets payed 10 million to overreact and troll. That's life goals right there.
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Post#11 » by OdomFan » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:14 pm

He's still cool in my book. He's there to be an entertainer and he's good at that.
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Post#12 » by Chris Porter's Hair » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:37 pm

I think he's an idiot, but there are a lot of idiots I don't hate. I perhaps hate ESPN for deciding at some point they'd largely stop being an actual source of sports news, and instead try to profit by having loud personalities say ridiculous things in an effort to get a reaction.
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Post#13 » by miamiheat319 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:39 pm

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Post#14 » by mixerball » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:41 pm

id like to believe people know and dont care about clowns like sas, but in reality they love this clickbait, hottakes, shouting, ignorant and far fetched theories they ve been feeding us.
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Post#15 » by Harry Garris » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:45 pm

He's a personality more than an analyst. I enjoy his personality personally. It's not for everyone. The people who try to take him too seriously and get mad at him for being too hot-takey are being ridiculous though. You're obviously not going to get serious basketball analysis from him so why be mad at him for not being that guy?
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Post#16 » by LLJ » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:48 pm

No, he's still a dumbass but I respect his hustle. He may not be the smartest guy in the room but he tries his best to beat everyone else to the ball. So we can grudgingly respect him for that.
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Post#17 » by Moon Walk » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:52 pm

All those in mommy's basement would love to meet him one day. You would love to get one of those selfies and autographs.
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Post#18 » by Ballerhogger » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:54 pm

Hes entertaing guy.
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Post#19 » by knicks512 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:06 pm

He's basically a knee-jerk reacting RealGM poster with a national platform. How can any of us hate on that?

PS - I hate him.
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Post#20 » by BeatDaCavs420 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:07 pm

He's like the HHH of sports casters...The heel you love to hate

Great at what he does though
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