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Kyle Kuzma Shockingly Reacts to Veteran Analyst’s Bashing of New York Knicks Stars, Leaving NBA Fans Baffled, “Absolutely Smoked”

Published 05/13/2023, 7:50 AM EDT

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The last time the New York Knicks made it to the Conference Finals was in 1999. This time around, the New York side made it to the Semi-Finals for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. However, the Knicks had to leave the stage without seeing the Conference Finals once again as they got ousted by the Miami Heat. Aggravating the vanquished side’s fall, a veteran analyst and massive New York fan has mercilessly called out certain Knicks stars for their lackadaisical playoff displays.

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ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith did not hold back from getting candid about the Knicks’ playoff exit. The tirade on Knicks players took Washington Wizards star Kyle Kuzma by surprise. Turns out, NBA fans too have joined Kyle Kuzma to register their bewilderment.

Renowned analyst bewilders Kyle Kuzma with a crude take on Knicks stars


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Hailing from New York City, Stephen A. Smith cheers for the Knicks. When the Knicks best playoff run since 2013 got shattered at the hands of the Heat, Stephen A. couldn’t help but vent out. Furthermore, in an episode of NBA Countdown on ESPN, he fired shots at the Knicks stars, RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. Stephen A. pointed out that RJ Barrett has had a lackluster playoff stint and even said that he was “pathetic“. The ESPN analyst’s tirade on Julius Randle was more ruthless. “Julius Randle. I am done with this man. I am calling for the New York Knicks to trade him,” Stephen A. said.

Stephen A. continued his scathing critique of Randle by saying he shows a defeated body language when he fails to score. According to him, this has a “contagious effect” on the team. Elsewhere, Kuzma witnessed Stephen A.’s outspoken bashing of the Knicks stars. Kuzma took to Twitter and tweeted “Stephen A omg,” and added two crying emojis to the tweet.


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Kuzma’s response to Stephen A. has gone viral on Twitter. Numerous fans took to Kuzma’s tweet and shared their responses on the episode. Interestingly, many fans think on the same note as Kuzma.

Fans go crazy over Kyle Kuzma’s reaction to Stephen A.

Stephen A. Smith’s outlandish opinions on Julius Randle and RJ Barrett have undoubtedly become the talk of the town in the hoops world. By letting the fans know that he too was shocked to hear the ESPN analyst’s words, Kyle Kuzma has fuelled the frenzy surrounding Stephen A.’s take. “Randle got absolutely smoked lol,” said a fan.

A fan couldn’t fathom Stephen A.’s take.

This fan got no doubt about the tirade.

Another fan left before the storm.

No doubt about that.

Different fan, same response.

Not everyone enjoyed the analyst’s take.


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Krishna Prasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds professional qualifications in English and Journalism from reputed institutions. As a trained reporter, Krishna's intense passion for sports writing prompted him to become an NBA journalist.
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Pragya Vashisth