May 1, 2013 |
Thank you, Kenny Smith, for being the voice of reason in the Jason Collins-Chris Broussard imbroglio. For those keeping score at home, NBA pro Collins this week became the first active player in one of the major U.S. professional team sports to come out as gay . The reaction from many , in the sports world and in the world of politics, was supportive and positive . But not from everyone. Basketball analyst and former New York Times writer Broussard, speaking on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" show, said: "I'm a Christian.
April 17, 2013 |
The Lakers' playoff fate is in their own hands? As far as former Houston guard Kenny Smith is concerned, the Rockets will be the ones in control Wednesday night when they visit Staples Center to play the Lakers in the regular-season finale for both teams. If Houston comes to play, Smith said, it wins. But if the Rockets opt to sit players or give a half-hearted effort in hopes of securing a first-round matchup against Oklahoma City, Smith said, the Lakers will come out on top. “It depends on how they're taking it because they are a better team,” Smith, now an analyst for TNT, said of the Rockets in an interview with The Times.
March 29, 2013 |
CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb caused a lot of Internet outrage Thursday night over his comment at the start of that night's NCAA tournament coverage. Gottlieb was on a panel with four African American men, and when he was introduced by host Greg Gumbel, he said, "Cream rising to the crop. I don't know why you guys asked me, I'm just here to bring diversity to the set here. Give the kind of white man's perspective on things from the point guard position. " Whoops. Fellow analyst Greg Anthony made a face after hearing the comment, and Barkley and Kenny Smith laughed awkwardly.
March 28, 2013 |
College basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb offered an apology Thursday night after he said he was on a CBS pregame telecast to bring the "white man's perspective" to the show, which featured four African American men on the set. "I don't know why you guys ask me," Gottlieb said of their interest in his opinion of the Marquette-Miami game, "I'm just here to bring diversity to this set, give kind of the white man's perspective. " Host Greg Gumble immediately turned away from the desk while analysts Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley shared some nervous laughter as you can see in the video below.
January 25, 2013 |
Charles Barkley and banter: There is nothing off-limits, including personal grooming, as the world discovered Thursday night when the Hall of Fame basketball player was covering the Clippers-Suns game as an analyst during the broadcast. Barkley admitted during the broadcast that he waxes his eyebrows after fellow analyst Reggie Miller asked him what was going on with them. Miller and play-by-play partner Kevin Harlan immediately begin laughing. “See, Kenny hates on me because I've been getting my eyebrows waxed,” Barkley said of TNT studio analyst Kenny Smith.
December 8, 2012
Week of Words in Laker Nation - Magic Johnson of ESPN, Friday night on Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard : "Kobe is saying [to Dwight], 'Hey, you are coming to a team that wants to win the championship.' You must do things different than you did in Orlando.' Right now, Kobe needs to hug Dwight. A lot of pressure on him. He's not hitting his free throws. Everybody in L.A. and around the country are talking about it. " - Charles Barkley of TNT, Thursday night: "Dwight Howard is not a 30-point guy and I definitely don't think he is a 30-point guy on that team.