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Stephen A. Smith is back on ESPN’s “First Take,” and on Wednesday, the debate platform hosted ESPN contributor Jay Williams.
However, the usual pleasant arguments went south when the discussion veered into the polarizing Kyrie Irving lane.
— First Take (@FirstTake) January 19, 2022
Stephen A. vs. J. Will
Williams answered a question from co-host Molly Qerim asking how much the Brooklyn Nets value home-court advantage, because Kyrie Irving is only playing road games and Kevin Durant is now out with a knee injury.
Once again Williams stated his position about the Nets’ big three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving being dominant regardless of Irving’s home-games only schedule. Durant is currently out with a sprained left MCL, although reports are that it should heal without surgery with Durant back on the floor before playoffs.
Stephen A. Smith hates Kyrie Irving so much it’s disgusting. https://t.co/a6V5jkf6PB
— Brooklyn Netcast (@BrooklynNetcast) January 15, 2022
However, the conversation took an unforeseen turn.
“Are you an advocate of the Nets losing enough games where they end up being the road team more than being the home team for the sole expressed purpose of ensuring that the part-time player that is Kyrie Irving is available? Are you advocating that, Jay Williams?” said Smith.
To Vaccine Or Not To Vaccine
That opened the door for Williams to unload about how he feels about Smith’s excoriation of Irving’s decision not to get vaccinated.
I think it would be a disaster if the NETS won the CHAMPIONSHIP! pic.twitter.com/BJO9O2wG7T
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 18, 2022
The vaccine issue among certain athletes has been a thing between Smith and Williams in the past. When the world debated the Aaron Rodgers vaccine noncompliance last November, Williams charged Smith of not going as hard on that “bad man” as he did on Kyrie Irving. Both have refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Smith feels that the Nets would be doing the league a disservice if Irving and the Nets won the NBA title this season. Irving is back playing for Brooklyn in road games only.
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