New Orleans Pelicans mercilessly eviscerate Stephen A. Smith for attacking Zion

Stephen A. Smith crossed the line when going after Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans. The team responded, and Smith clapped back in embarrassing fashion, proving the Pelicans were right to do what they did.

Feb 25, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dribbles
Feb 25, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dribbles / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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The New Orleans Pelicans expose Stephen A. Smith for attacking Zion Williamson.

While it is natural to have concerns about Zion Williamson and his health habits, what was the need to bring up the quote of eating the whole table and burgers? What was that supposed to mean, exactly? Furthermore, doesn't Smith know that taking shots at players isn't exactly cool and you will be responded to? Lonzo Ball ring a bell?

Mind you, Smith got angry at Ball for calling him out about not being able to stand, but last the rules stated, if you dish it, you have to be able to take it. Smith didn't learn and still hasn't learned that lesson, and maybe, just maybe, the Pelicans are on to something.

On to something? Like what? Simple, fire back and let Stephen A. Smith respond in a childish way. Now, every team and every player in the league can feel that way. They should not be afraid to defend themselves and they should feel comfortable responding to hot take commentary that is pointed directly at them.

New Orleans could have taken the high road, but that would have meant that Stephen A. Smith could continue to take shots. Not anymore; they needed to say something, and they did. Smith didn't like it, got tough, and delivered what amounted to a weak comeback. The pelicans shouldn't waste their time anymore; it's not worth it.

They have the playoffs on their minds; they are above 0.500; they have a winning record; and despite their recent struggles, they remain in contention for the postseason or the play-in tournament. But they will be playing postseason basketball; they have the players to do so, and they also have each other's backs from the outside world. That's the greatest gift of all.

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