Stephen A. Smith is one of the most plugged-in NBA insiders in the game. When he says something, people take notice.
Which is what made a recent rant by Smith on ESPN this week all the more intriguing.
Speaking on ‘First Take’ Tuesday, Smith shared some troubling and ominous-sounding details about one particular Golden State Warriors player.
Forward Jonathan Kuminga.
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“I’m worried about Kuminga,” said Smith. “I’m hearing too many things about him off the court in terms of his head. The level of discipline that he lacks. Some of the foolishness.
“I’m not getting into his personal business, I’m not saying nothing like that,” Smith added.
“I’m talking attitude, I’m not talking actions … The level of focus, commitment, determination, just putting your head down, doing the work. I’m hearing that he’s shortchanging the Warriors in that regard.”
Golden State drafted Kuminga last season and played him in 70 games. For the year, he averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Obviously he wasn’t a Jordan Poole-esque contributor, but he played his role well enough.
It will be interesting to see whether Smith’s dire words of warning about him turn into anything or ultimately fizzle out.
This has been a crazy summer for the Warriors thus far. Between Klay Thompson partying with his new girlfriend, Stephen Curry going wild with Ayesha and Draymond Green being Draymond Green – it has been one thing after another for them.
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Now there is this Kuminga situation to think about.
Will the Warriors be able to repeat in 2022-23 amid all these distractions?
Time will tell.