Stephen A Smith may have tried to slither out of the Kwame Brown situation by staying mum, but he won’t be successful.
Kwame Brown has been on a crusade to expose double standards of talking heads at sports talk shows of late. He’s not been adapting the most palatable methods, but you can’t deny its effectiveness.
Kwame got traction and mentions through the Breakfast Club, Undisputed, Chris Broussard and other popular platforms. Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson were the first to catch Kwame’s attention. But he’s since moved on to other talking heads as well.
Stephen A Smith’s most famous rant is about the former Lakers center. His tirade in response to the Pau Gasol trade has been replayed several times to new basketball fans. Kwame was unfortunately a punching bag of sorts for 20 years.
His TV show wasn’t the only place where Stephen A used his platform to discredit Kwame. The ESPN analyst has taken needless, baseless shots at Kwame even at college tours, using him as an example to avoid becoming.
Kwame pointed this out in one of his recent videos, and we thought it prudent to show exactly what he’s talking about.
When Stephen A Smith talked down about Kwame Brown at a college event
Stephen A Smith was a guest at a college event in Florida Institutional University back in 2012. Here, he talked about how Kwame Brown has shown ‘no real improvement in 10 years’.
You can hear his words pretty obviously from the video below:
“Kwame Brown has now been 10 years in the league, and no noticeable improvement whatsoever. That’s my issue. It’s not where you are, it’s where you’re going.”
Now if you’ve been an NBA fan through those periods, you’d know that Stephen A has tried to pass out lies as facts in the speech above. Claiming that Kwame showed no real improvement through 10 years in the league exposed how he didn’t watch Kwame at all.
Brown was arguably at his best alongside Kobe Bryant in LA. He also showed promise in the 2005 playoffs with the Wizards before this, and his most consistent production came at the Charlotte Bobcats under Michael Jordan’s ownership.
Barring injuries, Kwame could’ve retired as more of a contributor to a competent NBA teams. And he was certainly a pretty great defender whose game would’ve translated nicely to the modern NBA. It’s a travesty that the man’s career turned out the way it did.