Stephen A. Smith Reportedly Joining ESPN's NBA Studio Coverage

It's about time.

Stephen A. Smith attends the "Power" final season world premiere

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Stephen A. Smith attends the "Power" final season world premiere

Just thinking of Stephen A. Smith reacting to the Knicks in real-time is enough to swear off any competing network. 

According to The Big Lead, ESPN is looking to combat TNT's Inside the NBA by bringing Smith's boisterous but popular personality to its NBA studio coverage. It's just one of several changes ESPN is reportedly making to its NBA lineup. Last week, it was reported that the network will swap Michelle Beadle for Rachel Nichols and Maria Taylor as the hosts of its popular NBA Countdown pre-game show.

ESPN news: ESPN is planning to name Rachel Nichols & Maria Taylor as the hosts of NBA Countdown for this upcoming season. Formal announcement should come in coming weeks. The expectation, via sources, is both will host the show. They'll split the assignment in some manner.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 16, 2019

Also, Chauncey Billups will move to color commentary, while Jalen Rose will continue to be a studio analyst. Paul Pierce's future on the show is yet to be determined, according to The Athletic's Richard Deitsch.

Nichols will continue to host The Jump. Regarding other staffers on the show: Chauncey Billups will move from studio to work as a game analyst. Jalen Rose will be back on NBA Countdown. I’m not sure about Paul Pierce for this season.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 16, 2019

Along with First Take, Stephen A. hosts a daily two-hour show on ESPN Radio in addition to making guest appearances on various programs. Per Yahoo, Smith is expected to be a part of ESPN's Wednesday night NBA coverage, which indicates that he'd be a featured studio analyst rather than the host of a show.

Although fans might only get Smith in short bursts, he's sure to provide hilarious commentary that will liven up ESPN's NBA studio coverage. And if you needed a reminder of what's to come, here are some of Stephen A.'s signature moments.

(2008) Stephen A. Smith goes absolutely OFF talking about Kwame Brown's game.

"Kwame Brown is gone .. throw a parade whether you win a championship or not. This man was a bonafide scrub."


— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) June 13, 2018

@stephenasmith got me WEAK on @FirstTake. Why did he do Lamar Odom like that? 😂

— ™️Marcus  (@TheMisterMarcus) June 22, 2017

When you call into my show, you will refer to me as Stephen A. or Mr. Smith.

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 29, 2019


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