Stephen A. Smith considers celibacy for a Knicks championship then goes on rant about why he won’t
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Stephen A. Smith considers celibacy for a Knicks championship then goes on rant about why he won’t

Nov 18, 2023

Stephen A. Smith would do anything to see the Knicks win an NBA title. Well, almost anything.

The popular First Take host was recently asked if he’d consider going celibate to see the New York-based team win a chip. While he briefly thought about it, he eventually came to the conclusion he doesn’t love the franchise that much.

Smith briefly wrestled with the ultimatum but couldn't bring himself to agree

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Smith briefly wrestled with the ultimatum but couldn’t bring himself to agreeCredit: X – stephenasmith

The sports television personality is best known for his work with ESPN, but he also has his own podcast, The Stephen A.Smith Show, where he gives his unfiltered opinions on issues across the world of sports, entertainment, and pop culture.

Ahead of a recent episode, Smith asked his Twitter audience for any questions they wanted him to answer on the show.

Infamous NBA Twitter parody account ‘Ballsack Sports’ responded, asking Stephen A, ‘Would you go a year without sex if it guaranteed a Knicks championship?’

Smith then replied with his response which was filmed on the episode.

The clip sees Stephen A. reveal that his producers told him he needed to ‘stand up’ for the last segment.

Smith went over to the big screen and read out the question posted by Ballsack Sports.

“Ooohhhhhh!” Smith moaned while swivelling to the camera.

The host then proceeded to wrestle with the idea in his mind before sighing and saying, “A year without sex?”

“Nah”.

The Knicks have not won an NBA title since 1973

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The Knicks have not won an NBA title since 1973Credit: X – stephenasmith
Smith desperately wants the Knicks to win, but not at that cost

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Smith desperately wants the Knicks to win, but not at that costCredit: X – stephenasmith

He went on: “I want the Knicks to win so bad, I have suffered for decades. Ladies and gentlemen I am 56-years-old – the last time the Knicks won the championship I was five.

“I deserve better, I think I’m a decent young man. I go to church… I try to do the right thing.

“When you ask that question, to me, you’re alluding to one of the most blasphemous words in history – and that’s celibacy.

“I can’t function like that. That’s going too far. Monogamy, no problem. Celibacy is another matter.

“And to know you’re asking me to do it for the New York Knicks, essentially you’re asking me to do it for James Dolan – dat ain’t happening!

“But if there’s anything that could have got me to consider it it would have been the Knicks winning the championship – I want it so bad.

“But I love sex, I just do. It’s not about having it all the time, it’s about knowing I can. It’s one thing to go a year without, it’s another thing to look in advance and know you have to go a year without.

“It’s just the truth, y’all.”

Smith’s response received millions of views and countless comments.

“Perhaps one of the greatest moments in NBA Twitter history,” one person wrote.

“Ain’t no way I just spent 4 minutes and 11 seconds of my life watching Stephen A behave this way,” a second joked.

“This is a gold mine of reaction videos,” a third replied.

“This is art. Stephen A is the last titan of media, and this is his magnum opus. We salute you the Stephen A!” a fourth person said.

The Knicks enjoyed their golden period during the 1970s when they won two NBA championships with the likes of Willis Reed and Walt Frazier.

They enjoyed a revival in the 1990s with Patrick Ewing, making NBA Finals appearances in 1994 and 1999, but they failed to capture a championship.

Since then they have been a struggling franchise and failed to make the playoffs for eight years until 2020–21.

This season they are 6-5 and sixth in the Eastern Conference.


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