Stephen A. Smith Calls NBA All-Star Game an 'Absolute Travesty' Following Low-Effort Contest

On Monday, the host of ESPN's 'First Take' ripped NBA players for their lack of effort in this weekend's event.

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Stephen A. Smith is calling out NBA players for showcasing a lack of effort at this weekend's All-Star Game.

Sunday's event was another low-effort affair that set the record for most points scored in the game's 73-year history, as the Eastern Conference became the first All-Star team to surpass 200 points in its 211-186 victory over the Western Conference.

On Monday's episode of ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. blasted the NBA's All-Stars for being uncompetitive in this year's contest, which he called an "absolute travesty."

“What transpired last night was an absolute travesty,” Smith said. “Nearly 400 points scored. No defense, no effort whatsoever. This is the ultimate indictment against NBA stars who show up for All-Star weekend. You play harder in the summer when you’re training.”

Stephen A. Smith says the NBA needs to do away with the All-Star Game.

"What transpired last night was an absolute travesty...It's a flagrant lack of effort, and it's embarrassing."

— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) February 19, 2024
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Smith continued by reiterating that basketball fans aren't asking the players to play like it's Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

“Nobody’s asking you to compete like you’re going up in a playoff game or even a regular season game,” he explained. “That is not hard. The fact that you would go out and flagrantly show such a lack of effort on the defensive side of the ball in any capacity is just a travesty.”

Watch Stephen A. Smith's full rant in the tweet up top, and check out Complex's 7 Ways to Fix NBA All-Star Weekend here.

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