“Watch Your Mouth,” Smith Tells James
Stephen A. Smith, renowned sports commentator and host of “The Stephen A. Smith Show,” has responded strongly to recent remarks made by LeBron James regarding Joel Embiid’s injury. Smith cautioned James to “watch his mouth” when criticizing TV shows and podcasts, emphasizing that “The Shop” should not be labeled a “dumba– show.”
Setting the Record Straight on Embiid’s Injury History
Smith, defending Embiid, countered James’ claims and called him out for spreading false information. “LeBron James, why you lying?” Smith exclaimed. He debunked James’ statement by highlighting Embiid’s well-documented injury history, including missing the first two seasons of his career due to injury and multiple subsequent injuries throughout his basketball journey.
No Surprise: Embiid’s Meniscus Injury
Smith further explained that Embiid’s meniscus injury, sustained during a recent game, should have come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his injury-prone nature. He pointed out that critics were not questioning the legitimacy of Embiid’s injury but rather raising eyebrows at his decision to play against the Warriors while sitting out earlier against the Denver Nuggets, a team he rarely faces in person.
A Call for Accountability in the Media
Smith also took the opportunity to highlight the media’s tendency to criticize players who rest during games but then struggle to perform at their best when faced with high-level competition. He criticized the lack of accountability among media outlets and personalities who had previously scrutinized Embiid for missing games due to “soreness” but failed to apologize or acknowledge their errors when he later suffered a legitimate injury.
No Apologies for Embiid’s Detractors
As Embiid’s injury news broke, James vented his frustration on social media, questioning why no media outlets or personalities had apologized to Embiid for their earlier criticism. Smith echoed James’ sentiment, acknowledging the lack of accountability among the media and their failure to rectify their previous negative remarks about Embiid.
76ers Provide Update on Embiid’s Injury
In a recent statement, the Philadelphia 76ers confirmed that Joel Embiid will undergo a corrective procedure to address his left knee’s lateral meniscus injury. The team will provide an update on his condition following the procedure.
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