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Kyrie Irving can lead the Celtics to the 2019 NBA Finals - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman analyze Kyrie Irving's 37-point performance in Game 2 vs. the Indiana Pacers. Stephen A. doesn't guarantee a Finals...

Blazers to the NBA Finals is ridiculous - Max Kellerman on Charles Barkley's prediction | First Take

Max Kellerman can't take Charles Barkley's hot take seriously on the Portland Trail Blazers representing the Western Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals...

Russell Westbrook can’t be your No. 1 option for a championship team - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith argues that despite Russell Westbrook's great talent, he is incapable of leading a team to an NBA Championship as the No. 1 option an...

The Lakers would have been better off if they listened to Magic Johnson – Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith reacts to reports that Jeanie Buss isn't planning to fill Magic Johnson's former role as president of basketball operations for the L...

Is Russell Westbrook a stat stuffer or a winner? – Max Kellerman | First Take

Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith question Russell Westbrook's ability to deliver in the postseason as the Thunder are down two games against the Por...

James Harden, not Kevin Durant, will succeed LeBron as the world's best - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Will Cain debate which NBA superstar is bound to surpass LeBron James as the world's best player. Giannis ...

‘KD hasn’t been KD!’ – Stephen A. wants Kevin Durant to step up for DeMarcus Cousins | First Take

Stephen A. Smith is adamant that Kevin Durant must step up his game for the Golden State Warriors against the LA Clippers in the NBA playoffs now that...

‘If you’re Kawhi Leonard, you don’t want to play with LeBron’ – Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith says he would be surprised if Kawhi Leonard opted to play with ball-dominant LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers instead of choosi...

Kawhi is more like Scottie Pippen, not Michael Jordan - Max Kellerman | First Take

Max Kellerman disagrees with Kendrick Perkins' take on Kawhi Leonard resembling Michael Jordan. Instead, Max says Kawhi mirrors Jordan's running mate ...

Is not drafting Zion like passing on Michael Jordan? | First Take

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Will Cain react to Jerry West's comments claiming that teams passing on Zion Williamson in the 2019 NBA draft woul...

Kyrie Irving should join LeBron in L.A., not pair with KD in New York - Max Kellerman | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman weigh the chances of Kyrie Irving pairing with Kevin Durant on the New York Knicks, or rejoining LeBron James with ...

Kevin Durant has 'gotta watch himself' after Game 1 ejection - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith does not agree with Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley being ejected from the Golden State Warriors' Game 1 win vs. the Los Angeles .....

Michael Jordan getting 73% of NBA players' GOAT vote is 'hilarious' - Max Kellerman | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman assess the recent GOAT vote by current NBA players. Max and Stephen A. agree Michael Jordan received too many votes...

LeBron, Kevin Durant wanted attention with secret conversation - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith does not buy that LeBron James and Kevin Durant were having a serious conversation while covering their mouths on the court. Instead ...

LeBron 'should reconsider his future' with the Lakers - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman look ahead to LeBron James' future with the Los Angeles Lakers. Stephen A. says LeBron should think about moving on...

'You don't have a chance' against the Warriors if KD is aggressive - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman break down Kevin Durant's bounce-back performance in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephen A. says the ....

Kobe Bryant is ruining the Lakers - Max Kellerman | First Take

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg weigh in on Kobe Bryant's continuing influence on the Los Angeles Lakers during retirem...

76ers say there’s no truth to the Ben Simmons trade rumors – Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith says the Philadelphia 76ers deny the trade rumors surrounding Ben Simmons and breaks down how far the Sixers can go in the 2019 NBA ....

LeBron would never let Patrick Beverley affect him like Kevin Durant has – Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman weigh in on the LA Clippers historic 31-point comeback vs. the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2019 Western ...

Russell Westbrook's behavior at press conferences is 'uncalled for' - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to Russell Westbrook's abrasive behavior at his press conference after the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 4 los...

LeBron vs. Kyrie Irving is the best rivalry in the NBA - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith makes it clear that it was a look-alike and not him that ran onto the court to break up a fight between the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel ...

Are the Warriors better or worse than last season? | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate whether this is the most vulnerable Golden State Warriors team as they attempt to win their third-straight N...

James Harden should be the unanimous MVP over Giannis Antetokounmpo - Ryan Hollins | First Take

Ryan Hollins, Will Cain and Domonique Foxworth debate the 2019 NBA MVP race between the Houston Rockets' James Harden and the Milwaukee Bucks' ...

James Harden doesn't matter vs. the Warriors because the Rockets will lose - Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith knows James Harden will bring his A-game vs. the Warriors, but says it will not matter because the Houston Rockets will still not bea...