Stephen A. Smith sounds off on All Star weekend: ‘LeBron James ruined the Dunk Contest’

Stephen A. Smith echoed the sentiments of many people after NBA All Star weekend

Smith on Fist Take didn't hold back on the ASG

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Stephen A. Smith expressed his disappointment with the 2024 NBA All-Star Game and the entire weekend, suggesting that the NBA should seriously consider eliminating it altogether.

He didn’t mince words, passionately stating, “They need to do away with All-Star Weekend. Just get rid of it.” Smith’s frustration stemmed from what he perceived as a lack of effort and defensive intensity during the game, which he deemed a “travesty.”

LeBron James is Directly Responsible": Stephen A. Smith Accuses Lakers Superstar of Ruining All-Star Dunk Contest - The SportsRush

In his critique on First Take, Smith highlighted the stark contrast between the lackluster performances seen during the All-Star Game and the level of competitiveness exhibited during regular season and playoff games.

He emphasized the importance of at least showcasing some semblance of effort, asserting that NBA stars should play with more intensity, even in an exhibition setting.

Smith put LeBron James on blast

Smith’s criticism extended beyond the All-Star Game to encompass other events of the weekend, such as the Slam Dunk Contest and the skills competition.

Regarding the Slam Dunk Contest, Smith placed blame squarely on LeBron James, noting that the superstar has never participated in the event throughout his illustrious career.

Smith argued that James’ absence from the contest has contributed to its decline in excitement and participation, contrasting it with previous years when iconic figures like Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins graced the competition with their presence.

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Smith‘s passionate critique resonated with many fans and analysts who shared his sentiments about the state of the NBA All-Star Weekend.

While the weekend traditionally serves as a celebration of basketball talent and entertainment, Smith’s remarks reflected the need for a reevaluation of the event’s format and purpose to ensure it remains compelling and engaging for both players and fans.

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