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Stephen A. Smith unleashes enraged rant, calls Knicks ‘trash,’ as Nets beat New York 111-106

Stephen A. Smith unleashes enraged rant, calls Knicks ‘trash,’ as Nets beat New York 111-106

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Feb 18
SW Creative
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After the Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Knicks 111-106 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went off, expressing his displeasure with the Knicks’ awful performance.

“The New York Knicks are a national disgrace ladies and gentlemen. They’re horrible,” Smith said on ‘NBA on ESPN’ just after the team lost the game after holding a 28-point advantage. He was joined by Jalen Rose, Mike Greenberg, and Michael Wilbon.

Aside from mentioning Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, he also called out forward Julius Randle and the franchise’s president Leon Rose.

“Julius Randle, I’m done with him,” Smith said, referring to the Knicks’ franchise player, who had 31 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in the defeat.

He went on to go after Rose while adding that the team is ‘trash.’

“Leon Rose — we got inmates in state penitentiaries more visible than this man. He’s the president of basketball operations and we can’t find this man. They are trash, horrible… Sixteen points in the fourth quarter. The New York Knicks are trash,” he said in disgust.

The Knicks faced a Nets team that was missing its new big three in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons, yet rallied from a 28-point deficit led by rookie Cameron Thomas, who scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists.

The Knicks were shattered in the fourth quarter, which has been their achilles’ heel recently. They wasted a 28-point lead, their greatest loss in the last three seasons.

New York has now blown three games after leading by 20-plus points in the last two weeks.

  • New York Knicks

    The New York Knickerbockers, shortened and more commonly referred to as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    Stephen Anthony Smith is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, and sports journalist. He is a commentator on ESPN's First Take, where he appears with Molly Qerim.

  • Tom Thibodeau

    Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. is an American basketball coach who is the head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association .

  • First Take (talk show)

    First Take is an American sports talk television show on ESPN. Episodes air daily Monday through Friday, with the live episode airing from 10 am ET until noon,