Stephen A. Smith, the only man on Earth who believes sports have no right to be fun, is very mad about Ballin’ Ben. “It’s quite corny,” Smith said of the corny but awesome (and widely-beloved) Ballin’ Ben logo. “Not to mention the fact that when you’re corny, and you have the history of perpetual losing, that makes it even more alarming.” Alarming? What the shit is he on about?
Smith continued, because the camera was still pointed in his general direction:
“The Philadelphia 76ers shouldn’t be concerned about changing logos. They should be concerned about updating their roster. That’s what they need to concern themselves with. This is one of the top five markets in the United States of America, and you can’t get marquee free agents, despite the fact that you’re young and you’ve drafted well, you can’t get marquee free agents to consider coming to Philadelphia? That’s unheard of.”
[Editor’s note: Burned myself reading this take this morning.]
The fact that Stephen A. Smith, who presumes to know basketball, thinks there is any cross-over at all between Sam Hinkie’s office and business executives and the people who design logos, is insane. And being mad that the Sixers “can’t get marquee free agents” is also straight from Smith’s own hastily written fan fiction, since the Sixers haven’t attempted to get a big free agent. That’s not how they’ve chosen to build the team. It’s like being mad at small child for not being able to color in the lines. He’s perfectly capable of doing it, but right now he’s just working on not pooping in the diaper. So please stop yelling at him, Stephen A., he’s just a kid.
Do I know that top free agents would come to the Sixers? No. But it’s not like it’s common knowledge that they won’t, becayse the Sixers haven’t attempted to get any recently. And if Stephen A. honestly thinks (secondary) logos and mascots have anything to do with free agents going to a certain team, then he knows less than the very little I thought he knew.