Known Knicks fan and ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith was sitting courtside for last night’s slugfest at Madison Square Garden.
Rather than telling us he was not too thrilled with the performance he saw from his New York crew, he showed us. When the camera panned over for a shot of Billy Donovan talking to the referee in the Bulls dominant first half, a sulking Smith could be seen over the head coach’s right shoulder.
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Of course, New York did claw their way back into the game thanks to a 32-20 3rd quarter, but the Bulls still went on to finish with the victory in true clutch fashion. And, according to Smith, that is exactly what Zach LaVine said the team would do before the game even tipped-off.
“Zach LaVine did come up to me before the game: “I know you want us to lose tonight, but it ain’t happening.”
And then he went out on the court and showed me why. Zach LaVine is a star. DeMar DeRozan is a star. Billy Donovan is a hell of a coach. They got a damn good team in Chicago,” Smith said.
OH. MY. GOODNESS. I. LOVE. THAT.
I know this comment was probably said in good fun, but it’s still pretty epic coming from a guy we don’t know to be much of a trash talker. Also, the fact the Bulls are now good enough to walk into Madison Square Garden, claim a victory, and actually pull it out is next-level awesome.
Hear Stephen A. Smith’s full comments below: