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Stephen A. Smith Fires Back at Lonzo Ball: ‘Bro You Ain’t Healthy’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08: Stephen A. Smith attends a playoff basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Arena on May 08, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images) Lonzo Ball at the premiere of National Geographic's "Bobi Wine: The People's President" held at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on July 25, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

Stephen A. Smith fires back at Lonzo Ball for questioning who his sources are and claiming that he’s healthy.

Smith had a quick take, stating, “I’m incredibly sad for Lonzo… I don’t think he’ll ever be the same… I’ve heard it’s even hard for him to get up from a sitting position.” Furthermore, the veteran pundit had remarked about how well Ball was doing in the Chicago Bulls before his surgery.

However, Ball replied with his own Twitter video. Proving that he can sit and stand from a chair with no problem. He even states that he liked Smith and was surprised at how the latter acted.

Consequently, the 25-year-old’s tweet has garnered tons of support from NBA fans in the comments, with many disregarding Smith’s take as bad.

Stephen A. Smith fires back in tweets and interview

It did not end there, though. Smith would send a few tweets in reply to Ball.

“Happy to do so, Lonzo. Nice to know you’d finally like me to reach out. Not a problem. You know how to reach me, too. I’m here.”

“And btw, @ZO2_ you don’t know you’re welcome to come on my podcast anytime you like — The Stephen A. Smith Show. I’m taking live callers now, too. Will be on tomorrow LIVE at 4pm EST on YouTube. You know I love the Fam. All of y’all are welcome!”

– Stephen A. Smith to Lonzo Ball’s poolside tweet

This could possibly spark a conversation between the two on Smith’s podcast, “The Stephen A. Smith Show.”

Even then, Smith is still not done with the whole conversation. He reiterates that he isn’t trying to throw shade on Ball, even emphasizing that the Chicago Bulls would be even better if he could play.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: Stephen A. Smith speaks on stage during the Semafor Media Summit on April 10, 2023 in New York City.
Photo courtesy of Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Semafor

He again points out the poolside video by stating, “Is that your definition of really being healthy, Lonzo Ball? Then why are you not scheduled to play before January (2024)?”

Afterward, he lists the number of games Ball has missed because of his injuries and health problems. Furthermore, he adds that Ball is turning 26 in October.

“Last year he missed all 82 games and he’s scheduled to miss at least half the season now… Bro, you ain’t healthy. You’ve missed about 48 percent of your games and you’re only four years into your career.”

– Stephen A. Smith on Lonzo Ball’s injuries

Furthermore, Stephen A. Smith fires back that standing up and down from the seat is not the same as running up and down a court every night.

NBA Fans Angry with Smith

Despite Smith’s interview, fans point out that he is focusing on the wrong thing. They state that Ball isn’t saying he’s healthy; he’s just proving Smith’s claim on how he struggles to get up.

“He never said that he was fully healthy. He said who is the source that told you he was struggling to get up. That’s why he called you out. Everything that you mentioned is irrelevant.”

-@icantslide2324 on Stephen’s First Take interview

Thus, calling back to Lonzo Ball’s question, “Who are your sources?”

What’s your stance on the Stephan A. Smith and Lonzo Ball drama?