‘A Bonafide Scrub’: When Stephen A. Smith Hilariously Reminded The Lakers Why They Should Be Happy About Signing Pau Gasol

Published 10/06/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Lakers center Pau Gasol piushes his hair out of his eyes during the game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 102-95. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Pau Gasol has officially announced his retirement from all forms of basketball. In 2001, Memphis had drafted Gasol in the NBA, where he played six and a half seasons. He averaged his career highs in points, assists, blocks, and minutes on the court with Memphis. However, he enjoyed the most team success with the Lakers where he won two championships.

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When the Los Angeles Lakers were looking for a suitable replacement for Shaquille O’Neal, they initially went with Kwame Brown. Most experts and fans did not accept this signing and were critical of it. Therefore, when the Lakers finally replaced him with Pau Gasol, most analysts and fans rejoiced.

Here is some hilarious footage of NBA Analyst Stephen A. Smith explaining why the Laker Nation should be happy about this decision.

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Smith explains why the Lakers should celebrate signing Pau Gasol

When the Lakers traded Kwame Brown among other players for Pau Gasol, the NBA Analyst had some funny and brutal opinions about this trade. When asked if he thought the Lakers gave too much for Gasol, he said, “Is that a trick question? They gave up Kwa-me Brown, who cares? I could care less!”

After explaining how the draft assets given in return for Gasol don’t have a lot of value, he came to the main reason why the Lakers should be happy. He said, “More importantly, Kwame Brown is gone! The City of Angels, Hollywood should be celebrating.”

“Throw a parade already whether you win a championship or not. This man was a bonafide scrub! He can’t play! No disrespect whatsoever, but I’m sorry to call, tell everybody the truth, the man cannot play the game of basketball.”

Lakers Kobe Bryant consoles Pau Gasol late in the 4th quarter against the Spurs in Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center Sunday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Explaining why he was not a fan of Brown’s game, he said “He has small hands, he can’t catch the ball, he has bad feet, he can’t really move even though he’s mobile, doesn’t really know what he’s doing, doesn’t have a post move that he or he puts to memory that he can do two times in a row.”

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He has no game whatsoever, plays no defense, doesn’t have the heart, the passion or anything that comes with it, and you’re asking me whether they gave up too much? Please. The Los Angeles Lakers knew exactly what they were doing. They should celebrate right now, and Kobe Bryant should not be saying a word!”

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What did this mean for the Lakers?

Somehow, Smith has indeed stuck to his reputation of having strong opinions throughout his career. This explanation clearly reminds us that the draft pick number does not decide the success a player would have in the league.

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Therefore, Gasol has gone down in the history books of the Lakers while he was the third overall pick in the same draft class as Kwame.

Did you agree with Smith? Let us know.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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