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April 17, 2009

Stephen A Smith

Stephen A Smith is the famously loud basketball commentator:

Stephen Abe Smith (born October 14, 1968) is a sportswriter and media personality from Hollis, Queens in New York City. Also known as "Screaming A. Smith"

The Screaming in the Stephen A Smith seems to come from the way that he has rapidly understood how to make a name for oneself on cable TV.

Smith started his television career on now-defunct cable network CNN/SI in 1999, he quickly adapted to a basic rule of television panel discussions: that the loudest, the most argumentative, even the rudest voice will get the most attention.

Well, it appears that our Stephen A Smith has now lost his job as a commentator.

Stephen A.'s been slowly phased-out of WWL mega-stardom for quite some time now, but it is impossible to not feel a little sadness from this news. The days of his ubiquitous talking headness at the NBA Draft and, of course, his talk show are long gone, but during contract negotiations with ESPN, Stephen A. reportedly would not take any thing less than the very large salary he made when he was IMPORTANT.

Reactions to his problems aren't completely and totally in his favour, it has to be said.

Sports blog The Big Lead has given us all an early Christmas present by reporting on the imminent departure of ESPN basketball analyst Stephen A. Smith, a man who has come to be nearly as despised as hemorrhoids thanks to his bombastic, catch-phrase ridden on-air style and bootlicking tendencies.  “Screamin’ A.,” The Big Lead points out, was once one of the hottest commodities on the World-Wide Leader, even landing his own talk-show, but in recent months has been eclipsed as a hoops reporter by such comparatively muted personalities as J.A. Adande and Tim Legler.

An early Christmas present? Seems that not everyone is that disappointed about Smith's loss of his job then.

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