Everybody has an opinion, and everybody makes predictions. That's what makes sports so great—everybody is entitled to their opinions.
The thing about Smith is that people either love him, or they really hate him.
He has opinions like everyone else, but what makes him so different is that he backs his up no matter the circumstance, and he comes out as if he's 100-percent right every time.
Truthfully, he's brilliant at what he does. Love him or hate him, the old adage that any publicity is good publicity really holds true with him.
Not only that, but he does have good inside information and contacts with players, so when he says something, it usually holds some weight.
All that being said, I think he's going to come to regret coming out so bold about Kobe Bryant wanting a trade out of Los Angeles.
Larry Brown of larrybrownsports.com documents the bold statement made by Smith on SportsCenter:
Appearing on SportsCenter, Smith said “I predicted that Kobe Bryant will demand a trade, and I am not budging from that. He’s livid. I’ve known Kobe too long. He is ticked off.
“It’s not just because [the Clippers] got Chris Paul, which is a guy that he expected to have. It’s because Jim Buss seems to be doing the inexplicable,” Smith said. “It makes no sense. It’s one thing for the team not to have improved [after losing to the Mavericks], it’s another thing entirely for them to regress. If you know anything about Kobe, that is the last thing that he wants to do.
“It will not be pleasant at all.”
I just can't see the guy leaving L.A. though.
He's won five championships with this franchise, and they've done everything they could to appease him in the past.
As of right now, they have regressed, but it won't stay that way for long. I have a hard time believing that a franchise like the Lakers won't be able to pull off a move that could bring in another big-time star to play with Bryant.
They're going to bring somebody in to make Bryant feel like he has a shot to win another championship.
You have to understand by now, this is what the Lakers and Bryant do. It's a constant show—this is Hollywood's team we are talking about after-all.
If you need any more proof that Bryant will remain a Laker, just go back to 2007 when Bryant was adamant that he wanted a trade.
Two Lakers championships later, here we are.
Stephen A. Smith, I respect you and your willingness to go out on a limb, but you are going to resent the fact that you ever came out and said this.
Let me go out on my own limb and refute you.
Kobe Bryant isn't going anywhere.