Like most Knicks fans right now, Stephen A. Smith is pretty upset about all of the Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors that are flying around at the moment. But don’t just take our word for it. Instead, check out how animated he got at the start of his The Stephen A. Smith Show on Tuesday afternoon when he launched into a passionate tirade against Phil Jackson right at the top of the show:
And believe it or not—OK, you believe it…—SAS has only gotten more upset over the Porzingis rumors since then, especially since Jackson is now talking like a guy who is actually considering the idea of trading Porzingis at some point in the very near future.
But on Thursday morning’s episode of ESPN First Take, SAS let his emotions get the best of him, and he said something that’s probably not going to sit real well with former NBA star Lamar Odom. While discussing some of the questionable transactions Jackson has made since joining the Knicks in 2014, SAS brought up one of Jackson’s very first moves as Knicks team president, which involved him signing Odom—who hadn’t played in the NBA at all during the 2013-14 NBA season—to a contract with the Knicks. It was a confusing move at the time, and it looked even more confusing when the Knicks waived Odom less than three months after signing him.
But while talking about Jackson’s decision to sign Odom, SAS said this:
"His very first move as executive was to sign Lamar Odom," SAS said, "who was on crack!"
Odom’s drug issues in recent years have been well documented, and Odom himself has acknowledged that he had a serious problem that he’s still dealing with today. But the way SAS chose to bring it up was questionable, and there were quite a few people who called him out for doing it:
The New York Daily News has also pointed out that signing Odom was not Jackson’s first move as Knicks team president as SAS said. He actually signed Shannon Brown to a contract through the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season about a month before extending one to Odom. So outside of being disrespectful while discussing Odom, SAS was also just plain wrong.
SAS went on to try and downplay his comment about Odom. "I love Lamar Odom the person, and God bless him, and we’re wishing nothing but the best," he said.
But something tells us that love might not be reciprocated the next time SAS and Odom cross paths.