Put Stephen A. Smith Back On The Air!
June 18, 2009
As much as I enjoyed watching the 2009 NBA Playoffs and Finals, there was one ever-present perspective that I had grown accustomed to hearing that was noticeably void: Stephen A. Smith!
Since his May 1 departure from ESPN, the station is missing that in-your-face-style that I grew up to, which ultimately made me choose journalism as a profession. On Smith’s website (StephenA.com) he described his experience with the network as “a wonderful, wonderful ride, filled with great accomplishments, great memories and, most importantly, great friendships.”
After listening to his latest podcast on his website titled “LA Wins NBA Finals,” it’s still crazy to me that this man is absent of a job. Everything Smith represents is a billboard of urban America. He gives the world our point of view on a professional stage, with wit and creativity.
On the 10 minute podcast he discussed the latest news in sports including the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Michael Vick and Shaquille O’Neal. He also went on the record to say that “Kobe Bryant has cemented his stature as arguably one of the 10 greatest players in NBA history!”
In classic Stephen A. form, he showed his dissatisfaction with America’s infactuation with Brett Favre. He went on to say that “it just disgusts me that he’s still making news. As far as I’m concerned the man should just walk away. I know he’s a hall-of-famer but he’s just irritating because he’s retiring and un-retiring,” concluding that “he should just go away!”
These are the types of things that America NEEDS to hear! The voice of an analyst who is raw and uncut without any fear of what the general public’s view of him/her is. Stephen A. was one of the few (…along with Charles Barkley and Scoop Jackson) who was willing and able to bring this style into effect.
No matter what stage was, big or small, Stephen A. kept it real. I can attest to this because when I met him at the Nuggets versus Pistons game on March 3 he kept it real. The game was Chauncey Billups’ return to Motown and he gave me a brief interview in the fourth quarter that I will always remember. He addressed the AI/Billups trade better than I’ve heard by saying “when you bring in somebody that’s basically a foreign element to a system that’s been running pretty much like a machine for the last six or seven years, there’s going to be some kinks in their army.”
So get him back on the air! Televison needs the loud-mouthed, Hollis, Queens native, with the the mini ‘fro that picked on KWAME Brown. The ‘hood is missing it’s sports spokesperson.
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