Stephen A. Smith Is Actually Right On About Stanley Johnson


Stephen A. Smith is not always the most rational commentator. But he is right on the money with this Stanley Johnson rant. Why the heck is an NBA rookie going after LeBron James? Actually why would any player say they were in someone’s head when their team is down 2-0 in the series? Bron just scored 27 points last night and went 12-18 from the field. If you’re in his head (which you’re not) then it’s only motivating him. Also Stanley, man, you put up a -20 plus/minus last night. You’re a rookie small forward playing in the Eastern Conference. You don’t want to make an enemy out of LeBron James. If anything you should be kissing his damn ring.

I will say though I respect the hell out of Stanley’s ability to plant ideas in reporter’s heads without actually saying them himself.

“I don’t know what y’all take from that,” Johnson said. “I don’t take anything from it. But a cheap-ass shot, a cheap-ass bump. I don’t know.”

“If you guys want to call that bump cheap-ass, dirty, unwarranted, fine. But I’m not saying that.” – Stanley Johnson

Now that’s an expert in manipulating the media. He’s well beyond his years in that sense.


“I wish he would just talk when [the game] is 0-0, not when he’s up 16,” Johnson said. “I think that’s more — that means something. That means you’re confident in yourself. You believe what you’re about to do. Don’t talk after you made a couple shots. Anybody can do that.”

I don’t think Stanley understands how trash talk works. Why would anyone trash talk when the score’s 0-0? You trash talk when you’re winning to rub it in your opponent’s face. You don’t see me going around talking crap about my ping-pong game when I’m down 7-3. I would look like an idiot.

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