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My apology to Stephen A. Smith

Chuck - Red's Army June 19, 2013 Celtics News 12 Comments

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Back on May 6th, Stephen A. Smith “reported” on First Take that he was hearing talk about the Celtics moving Doc Rivers, KG and Paul Pierce to the Clippers. He promptly tweeted that we shouldn’t rule out anything between the Clippers and Celtics. The rumor was so absurd to us, that we didn’t deem it worthy of an individual post. 

About a month later, as Smith reported possible tension between Danny Ainge and Rivers, I mocked him for failing to follow up on his claim.<

Fast forward to mid-June and, as we’ve seen from the deluge of trade reports over the past week, it turns out that Stephen A. Smith was right.

Oops.

In my defense, Stephen A. isn’t the most accurate when he starts reporting behind-the-scenes action.

But he was correct in this situation and I was… wrong.

FWIW: I reserve the right to use the term blowhole in future posts about SAS.

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  • Curt Hays

    Classy Chuck. This post was a good idea.

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    No Fonzie style…wr, wr, wr, wrong? Steven A. usually does have some facts to back up his predictions, I trust him more than Broussard for sure.

    • ShawnCVD

      And at least SAS is a personality. These guys are the entertainment side if sports .Broussard is terrible.

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    No Ray Allen love?

  • Dustin Chapman

    Stephen A. gets too much hate because some people are offended by the tone of his voice. I think he’s entertaining and very witty, and while he has a big ego, he does know basketball a HELL of a lot more than people give him credit for.

    • kg215

      Now you are giving him way too much credit. He isn’t as bad as Chris Broussard (well who is?) but he does run his mouth all the time and is wrong all the time. Yes he is sometimes right, in this case way before other people figured it out. But if you shoot 100 bullets you are likely to hit something.

  • Frank Aziza

    They were bringing the trophy up to the court for the spurs. F you Ray Allen, u did crap in game 7 2010.

    • RedsLoveChild

      3-for-14 to be precise…the one game we absolutely needed him to be “on”.

    • eddysamson

      And was a ghost in the entire ECF last year.

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  • wil

    but he did say we would get Blake Griffin and bledsoe for them 3, and we ended up getting an offer of sucky Deandre Jordan instead.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    Might as well apologize to a stopped clock for calling it broken because you looked at it one of the two times per day when the time was correct. Might as well believe a carnival huckster really knows magic because he really did guess your weight.

    Some of the times that Smith reports speculative internet fan discussion as ‘sources’ will of course eventually turn out to be kind of real, because there are only so many sensible trade possibilities.

    A bunch of different people came up with this idea independently around the time there was talk of a Pierce to the Clippers trade that might expand to include Garnett back in January. The idea suggests itself. People know Paul and Kev only want to play for Doc. Lots of people think Vinny Del Negro is a mediocre coach and that he would get fired. People know the Clippers are desperate to keep Chris Paul and are trying to come up with something.