ESPN’s Stephen A Smith has been a long-time New York Knicks loyalist. This only means that much like any Knicks supporter out there, Stephen A has been through his fair share of misery through the years. It was another heartbreaking end to the season on Friday night as Smith watched his Knicks suffer a series-ending defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat in Game 6 of their NBA Playoffs second-round matchup.
Taking all this into consideration, you just knew that Stephen A Smith was going to come out with a scathing rant about the Knicks’ season-ending loss. This is exactly what he delivered during the broadcast of Game 6 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. Smith showed no mercy as he took aim at RJ Barrett and Julius Randle in a scathing tirade:
“RJ Barrett, it’s going to be a long offseason,” Smith said of the Knicks forward. “You’re absolutely pathetic. … You gotta really look yourself in the mirror and work on your game young man.”
If you thought that was bad, just check out what Stephen A had to say about Julius Randle:
“Julius Randle, I am done with this man,” Smith continued. “I’m calling for the New York Knicks to trade him. You’re not going to win with him. [His body language when he misses shots] is like a virus that hits everybody. … Julius Randle is not the answer. Trade him. He needs to go. … Trade for Damian Lillard or call Karl-Anthony Towns. Find a way. He needs to go.”
RJ Barrett and Julius Randle might have to throw hands with Stephen A Smith when they see him in New York pic.twitter.com/X4XhcTA1pf
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Now that’s savage. Smith has clearly had enough of Randle and he no longer wants to give him the time of day. He’s even given the Knicks a couple of trade targets in Damian Lillard and Karl-Anthony Towns — both of which could be available this summer. We shall soon find out if the Knicks front office decides to heed Smith’s advice here.