More on the Inconsistency of NBA Commentators
Yesterday, I wrote a post comparing Stephen A. Smith’s reserved opinion of Jeremy Lin’s skills after his three breakout performances with Stephen A. Smith’s exuberant reaction to Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole after just two games early in the season (including one in which Cole scored only 7 points).
A quick recap of that post: About believing the Linsanity hype, Stephen A. Smith said: “Not yet, I’ve got to wait and see.” About Norris Cole’s game, he said, “He’s a big time player, there’s no doubt about it.” Very different reactions.
Since Jeremy Lin dropped 38 points and 7 assists on the Lakers Friday night, Stephen A. Smith has been taking some heat. He defended himself on Twitter, saying he did not “bash” Lin but instead proposed a wait-and-see approach. It’s true, he did not bash Lin. But at the same time he did say because Lin’s games were against the Nets, Jazz and Wizards, “Forgive me if I’m not overly excited.”
As it turns out, however, Stephen A. Smith had not watched those games. In one of his Twitter messages today — after the Lakers beat down — he wrote:
1st time I really watched the kid (only saw him for a few minutes vs. Wizards). Beautiful off pick-and-roll. Stop-and-go game like Nash.