Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith is a featured columnist for ESPNNewYork.com, a co-host on First Take" and a regular on "SportsCenter."

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For Melo, it's Gotham or South Beach

The only destination, besides New York, that makes sense for Melo is Miami.

Knicks' only choice? Keep Carmelo!

Respectability and marketability -- and maybe even LeBron -- rest on Anthony.

Prez Phil, get Mark Jackson on Line 1!

With Kerr out of the mix, Phil Jackson's next call should be to Mark Jackson.

What makes Steve Kerr so special?

Despite no experience, Steve Kerr is the top candidate for multiple jobs. Why?

The playoff-bound Nets are everything the horrible Knicks were supposed to be.

No D-Will, no way for Brooklyn Nets

If D-Will's a no-show, the playoffs will be a no-go for the Nets.

Phil and Melo's Dolan problem

Phil Jackson succeeds at MSG only if James Dolan gets out and stays out.

The time has come to trade Carmelo

The Knicks need to dump Carmelo, before Carmelo dumps them.

Fire Woody?! Give Coach a chance

From injuries to management to Melo, Woody shouldn't be the Knicks' fall guy.

Knicks beat Nets? Big deal

The 'Bockers blasted Brooklyn. But they're still a doormat -- for now.

Start spreading the snooze!

Our teams can't make it in NY, which means they won't make it anywhere.

Andrea the answer? Well, it's a start

Bargnani has come up big for 'Bockers, but bottom line is Knicks have to win!

Only Melo can save lackluster Knicks

Knicks are on a fast track to second-tier status, and only Melo can save them.

Knicks punctuated by question marks

The Knicks believe they have answers to end the franchise's 40-year title drought.

It's all or nothing for Prokhorov's Nets

Nets believe they can beat the Heat, and if they don't there'll be hell to pay.

Melo's memo to MSG: I need to win!

Melo wants to stay here. He just doesn't want to stay here and lose.

It's the New York Giants' last stand

It's Big Blue's last stand -- and a win puts them in the NFC East mix.

Nets, Knicks bring buzz to Big Apple

Giants?! Jets?! Yankees?! Mets?! Hoops squads are New York's only hope.

Gang should be all-in with Geno

EJ Manuel has the Bills' full support, and the Jets should do the same for Geno.

The Jets need a head coach, not Rex

Rex Ryan is clearly more concerned with being a coordinator than the Jets' coach.

Hey, Ryan Braun: Show your face!

Ryan Braun admitted wrongdoing in a statement. Not enough. Show your face!

Melo a long-term lock? Think again!

So you think Melo is a long-term lock for the Knicks? You better think again!

Tease? Please! Knicks gave N.Y. nada

Loss to Pacers means Melo & Co. can't sell season as something to boast about.

It's time to earn that money, Tyson

If Tyson Chandler doesn't do something, fans will wonder what could've been.

These Knicks are a question mark

Which Knicks team will show up in Indianapolis? Who knows?

Uh-oh, Knicks: Indy's large, in charge

Judging by Game 1, the Pacers are too big, strong and focused for the Knicks.

Swagger is for champs, not chumps

The Knicks, whose play didn't justify their talk, can only blame themselves.

C's putting up Zzz's against Knicks

Don't give the Knicks too much credit. The Boston Celtics are disintegrating.

The pressure's on Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony must lead the Knicks past the Celtics -- no excuses.

OK, it's official: Knicks are the truth

The Knicks said all along that they're contenders. After Sunday, doubt is gone.

Kenyon key to Knicks beating Heat

With Kenyon Martin, the Knicks now have a legit chance to beat the Heat.

It's all on Carmelo, right? Wrong!

The Knicks are short-handed, but they still need to protect Melo from injury.

Look out Knicks, here come the Heat

Sunday's Heat clash should tell us exactly where these Knicks are going.

It was time to win when Doctor was in

Lakers owner Jerry Buss ran the kind of team Knicks fans can only dream of.

Can an MVP hopeful get a little help?

Carmelo Anthony plays like an MVP, but he can't win games all by himself.

Lakers, tell D12 to commit or split!

Mitch Kupchak should contact Billy King about a Howard-for-Lopez trade. Now!

Knicks searching for a Ray of hope

There's a cure for what's ailing the Knicks -- a Felton infusion, STAT!

Melo should look in the mirror

Melo could have laughed it off -- instead, he let KG make him look like a jerk.

D-Will on Avery: 'It's not my fault'

The perception is that D-Will pushed his coach out door. He says that isn't reality.

Knicks proving reality beats Linsanity

Lin's return to New York spotlights why New York is better off without him.

Knicks put rest of NBA on notice

A second blowout of the Heat means the Knicks are serious contenders.

Nets-door neighbor a threat to Knicks

The best team in New York? The Nets will have something to say about that.

Don't crown the Knicks just yet

Now that the Knicks have been proved fallible, we can see how good they are.

Lakers cannot defend this move!

The Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson? You cannot defend this move!

How long will the honeymoon last?

Brooklyn went all out on opening night. How long can the honeymoon last?

Melo, Knicks hopeless minus Amar'e

Without a healthy Amar'e, Melo may as well be -- I'll say it -- in Brooklyn!

Something's gotta change ... right?

C'mon, Yanks, give NYC a sign that you understand the status quo won't work.

What has Tannenbaum been doing?

Take a break from blaming the Jets' QB and coach. Now take a look at the GM.

Show what you're made of, Giants!

Hey, Giants: You want the NFC East? Beat the Eagles! And make it look easy!

Tebow boosts Jets -- on the ground

How can the Jets improve their lackluster running game? More Tebow!

Jets haven't proved anything yet

Is Gang Green for real? After one win over a bad team? Spare me!

Is this the Jets' year? Good one!

With an offense like this, Jets fans should brace themselves for mediocrity.

Jets are a joke, and not a funny one

Four years of Ryan and Tannenbaum, and this is the best they can do?

Tebow for real -- except for one thing

You can't help but like Tim Tebow -- except when you watch him throw.

N.Y. couldn't wait for Lin to be great

If Knicks remain mediocre, the departure of J-Lin will be the last reason why.

Knicks must let Jeremy Lin go

Nothing personal -- Jeremy Lin's just not worth the money. Let the sanity begin!

Knicks losing their grip on New York

The Nets are winning the offseason battle. Will they win the war for N.Y., too?

If LeBron wins … watch out, Melo!

LeBron finally has his ring, now Melo will take over the hot seat.

Get out of Mike Woodson's way!

The Knicks were smart to keep Mike Woodson. But will they let him do his job?

So what should the Knicks do now?

The Knicks obviously need to make changes -- but can they actually do it?

Knicks have a chance? Hysterical!

This series is over, regardless of what the Knicks do Sunday in Game 4.

Broken Bockers must re-earn respect

Nobody has time for Amare right now. We will, however, once this season is over.

Heat have already made Knicks toast

Forget about those notions of a competitive series. The Knicks are toast.

If Amare is healthy, look out, Miami!

Melo plus a healthy Amare could spell big trouble for the rest of the East.

Lack of fire is burning 'Bockers

We simply can't be sure that these Knicks fully realize their season is on the brink.

Knicks still need more than Melo

The jury is still out on whether the Knicks can get the job done.

Knicks must put league on notice

The Knicks are on a roll, now they must keep it going.

Amore for Amare? Sorry, Stoudemire

What was Amare Stoudemire thinking all of those months he played with pain?

Tim Tebow's got fame, not game

In trading for a QB who can't pass, Jets cement status as high-profile sideshow.

D'Antoni too stubborn to make it work

Mike D'Antoni was too stubborn to make it work with Melo, Amare and the Knicks.

Time is now for Melo to step up

It's time for Carmelo Anthony to step up for the Knicks.

Gang's gotta be kidding on Sanchez

Congrats, Jets. You have your QB -- and all the baggage that comes with him.

Is Amare Stoudemire a forgotten man?

He's gone from star to afterthought. So what's up with Amare Stoudemire?

Irked Heat want to kick sand on Knicks

Beating the Heat would say a lot about the Knicks. Losing would say more.

J.R. could be game-changer for Knicks

J.R. Smith's emergence could be a game-changer for the Knicks.

It's now up to you, D'Antoni and Melo!

Now that we know Jeremy Lin's the real deal, it's on D'Antoni and Melo to adapt.

Now we'll see if Jeremy Lin is for real!

With the Lakers in town, now we'll see what Jeremy Lin is all about.

Jets should be Green with envy

The Giants act like true champions. What does that say about the Jets?

Bring on the next victim

This mess may not be D'Antoni's fault, but it's time to bring on the next victim.

Blame Knicks players, not D'Antoni

Melo, Amare need to step up and prove they're worth the money.

There IS a D in D'Antoni, after all

The offense is still ugly, but the Knicks are shocking everyone with their D.

It's time for Mark Sanchez to go

The Jets' lousy QB should be tossed on the scrap heap along with his OC.

The year belonged to Derek Jeter

My pick for ESPN New York's Person of the Year is the Yankees' captain.

Person of 2011? Here are my finalists

ESPNNewYork.com's Person of the Year is sacred ground. Here are my finalists.

Championship contender? Bah humbug!

Knicks might still be there in June, but Christmas win shines spotlight on their flaws.

Bockers' backcourt needs serious help

The Knicks' guard situation needs sorting before title talk can become reality.

Mets aren't underrated, they're irrelevant

The Wilpon family business churns out misery by the boatload for Mets fans.

CP3? Howard? Knicks' key is D'Antoni

The Knicks' biggest need is having a coach they trust. Who preaches defense.

Players, owners come to their senses

The NBA came to its senses and now we'll have basketball on Christmas Day.

Who is New York's biggest Turkey?

Thanksgiving is about giving. So we give you our list of NY's biggest Turkeys.

Derek Fisher, union must get deal done

Allegations of disloyalty aside, union president Derek Fisher has a job to do.

The 11th hour of NBA talks has arrived

It's time for both sides of the NBA lockout to give in a little.

It's gut-check time for CC, Yankees

CC Sabathia is worth big money. Adding years to the hefty lefty's deal is a risk.

Owners hold the keys in the lockout

NBA players must recognize the power of the owners' leverage in the lockout.

It's the pitching, people!

Red Sox? Forget 'em. The real issue is the Yankees' thin starting rotation.

These Giants lack fire

With the Jets increasing in stature, how will the sparkless Giants turn the tables?

This is why New York has gone Green

Plax reminds us that players, if given a choice, will choose Rex over Coughlin, Eli.

Tell the truth about A.J. Burnett!

Enough with the coddling -- A.J. Burnett is disappointing, dishonest and weak.

Enough! It's time for Jorge Posada to go

Humiliated but not humbled, Posada should take the high road and walk away.

Eli dropped the ball with Plaxico

Eli Manning should have stuck his neck out for Plax ... or at least said hi.

Gang's top priority? Corner Cromartie

If the Jets want to go to the Super Bowl, they need to keep Antonio Cromartie.

Williams, Beasley are dumb and dumber

D-Will and Michael Beasley's selfishness is doing the players' union no favors.

Pressure on Stern bad news for players

Stern is under pressure from owners. Will that force the players to fold?

Knicks stuck in the middle with boos

The Knicks deserved the boos they got for drafting Shumpert over Singleton.

We're not worthy, New York

Best sports town? Boston will keep the title until NYC gets attitude adjustment.

D'Antoni could be next to take fall

Mike D'Antoni's days as the coach of the Knicks are numbered.

Is Bernie Madoff telling the truth?

Maybe Bernie Madoff is telling the truth. Maybe Fred Wilpon really is that dumb.

Yanks' issues go beyond Posada, Jeter

The Yankees' finger-pointing front office is an embarrassment to the franchise.

There's no defense for Mike D'Antoni

The Knicks had no defense, no strategy, no chance. Mike D'Antoni's got to go.

Knicks a lost cause after MSG massacre

Knicks at a lost after being humiliated in Game 3 against the Celtics.

D'Antoni must step up late-game tactics

Mike D'Antoni must change his strategy in order for the Knicks to have a chance.

Lesson from Game 1? Knicks can hang

The Knicks didn't just jack up shots in Game 1. They played with a purpose.

Time for Melo to earn his money

Carmelo Anthony has confirmed his box-office appeal -- now it's showtime!

Bockers to beat Boston? Fat chance

There's a drug test waiting for Knicks fans who wanted the Celtics over the Heat.

No joke: D'Antoni has Knicks thinking D

"To be honest, defense is all we're concentrating on," Mike D'Antoni says.

Time to see what D'Antoni is made of

Mike D'Antoni has a chance to prove himself in the coming days.

These Knicks don't have a clue

These Knicks have no toughness, no D, no faith in one another or their coach.

Can D'Antoni take Knicks to next level?

Is Mike D'Antoni really the man to take the Knicks to the next level?

These Knicks can beat the Heat

It may be too soon for an NBA title, but the time is right to leave Miami in tears.

Knicks parade on Broadway? Dream on

Knicks parade on Broadway? Maybe not. But signs are good, and heart is strong.

Do Nets have D-Will to win?

Do the Nets have D-Will to win? If not, he could join Melo and the Knicks in 2012.

Say it with me, New York!

By getting Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks put themselves back on the NBA map.

Knicks need to make deal for Melo now

The Knicks must do whatever it takes to land Carmelo Anthony.

Knicks can't live on Amare alone

The Knicks can't live on Amare alone. Give the man some help, please!

Don't call it a comeback, New York

To paraphrase another Queens native: Don't call it a comeback, New York.