NBA's 65 in 65: Steve Smith
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we continue our 65 in 65. That's 65 NBA chats in 65 days. We will hold an NBA chat each day through the end of the NBA Finals. Thursday's guest is former NBA guard and current NBA TV analyst Steve Smith.
In fourteen seasons in the NBA, Smith played for six teams scoring 13,430 points, dishing out 2,922 assists, and grabbing 3,060 boards. He won his lone NBA Championship as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2003. Smith also won a gold medal as a member of the 2000 USA Olympic basketball team in Sydney.
Steve Smith will join the rest of the NBA TV crew for pre and post game coverage of the NBA Finals.
Send your questions now and join Smith to chat Thursday at 11 a.m. ET!
Be sure to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Steve Smith (11:03 AM)
The playoffs have been unreal and I'm glad that I'm apart of it!
Michael (Chicago, Ill. )
Who is the x-factor for tonight's game 4?
Steve Smith (11:07 AM)
I think the x-factor for the Lakers will be Odom. When he plays well the Lakers play well. For the Magic it would have to Mickael Pietrus offensively and defensly matching up with Kobe Bryant.
Nicole (Saddle River, NJ)
If you could vote for a post season MVP, who would it be?
Steve Smith (11:07 AM)
My vote would go for Kobe Bryant.
Are you surprised by Dwight Howard's lack of offensive post game? Which player is due for a break out game tonight? Bynum?
Steve Smith (11:09 AM)
I'm not surprised because the Lakers defense has been great. I think 1for the Lakers is do for a breakout game tonight.
Cat (Mentor, OH)
Is it hard to criticize players once you become an analyst? what's the hardest thing about becoming a broadcaster?
Steve Smith (11:11 AM)
We just state the fact but you defiantly have to criticize in out line of work. I think when I started three years ago it was a little hard but going into my fourth season now, it has gotten easier.
Gary (Miami (FL))
What do the Magic have to do in order to tie the series up tonight?
Steve Smith (11:12 AM)
The need to keep their energy up on the defensive end and on the offensive side they need to have at least three guys play well.
Sam (Gary (IN))
What was the best part of the playoffs for you so far?
Steve Smith (11:13 AM)
The best part for me has been the entire playoffs. Every round has had exciting play. It's been very competitive and it might go down as one of the top three or four post season in NBA history.
Mike (Lexington, KY)
Would you agree that Shaq was much better than Howard at this stage of Dwight's career?
Steve Smith (11:14 AM)
I would agree. I wouldn't say Shaq was much better but he was better than Howard is at this stage of his career.
Cat (Mentor, OH)
Do you think that losing this year made LeBron more likely to leave Cleveland or will he stay to give the city a championship it's been waiting for for too long?
Steve Smith (11:15 AM)
I don't thin kit has anything to do with losing. He said he will be a Cav until he signs a new contract of extension.
Did Stan Van Gundy make a mistake by playing Jameer Nelson in the Finals?
Steve Smith (11:16 AM)
I don't he made a mistake by playing him but he might have made a mistake with the amount of minutes Jameer played and him rotation into the game.
Magic shoot a blazing 62.5 percent, played flawless and only win by 4 points, should they be worried?
Steve Smith (11:18 AM)
I don't think they should be worried but they know they need to play better on the defensive end because the Lakers shot a high percentage as well.
Will (Southern Pines, NC)
Steve, where do the 2000 Blazers rank among the best teams you played on?
Steve Smith (11:19 AM)
Talent wise they rank No. 1 to me. That team was one of the most talented teams the NBA has ever seen.
Saean (San Antoino, TX)
What was your favorite team to play for?
Steve Smith (11:20 AM)
All of them had their pluses and minuses. San Antonio is where I won my ring and Atlanta is where I had my best individual success.
Who do you think will win the NBA Finals
Steve Smith (11:21 AM)
I predicted the Lakers to win at the beginning of the series to win 4-2 and I'm going to stick with that.
Steve Smith (11:22 AM)
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