JJ Redick slammed Stephen A. Smith for LeBron’s comment

They talk sports and do it as hard as they can!

In today’s episode of “First Take”, Stephen A. Smith talked about how, unlike for example Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan, LeBron James does not “instill fear” in opponents. He talked about the players’ willingness to challenge them physically.

JJ Redick, the former NBA sniper who recently signed on to ESPN as a television company, had none of that.

Redick mentioned when Kobe Bryant was “split” by Chris Childs and said that the Bad Boys Pistons always used to be physical with Jordan.

Then came the fireworks.

“I do not know if I should believe what you say,” said Redick. “It’s crazy.”

“It’s not crazy, and you know better,” Smith countered.

Stephen A. Smith and JJ Redick
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Redick said no one has ever physically challenged James as Isaiah Stewart tried in the Pistons-Lakers kerfuffle on Sunday night. Smith mentioned the time that Joakim Noah did (although he could not remember his name from the top of his head).

“If you watch the game, which you do …” Smith said.

“I played the game,” Redick interrupted. “I played against LeBron in the playoffs. I played against him for 15 years.”

It eventually turned into a circuit conversation – as these segments tend to do after each side has its first say – about whether people are afraid to play against LeBron James or fear of physical retaliation.

Things have become extra spicy on “First Take” lately – Jay Williams has also scrapped it with Stephen A. this month. The show is more entertaining when the panelists do not postpone.


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