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First Take is always a heated discussion as Stephen A. Smith and guests debate about the day's top stories.
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Hour 2: All That?

Hour 2: All That?

2024-05-2440:351

Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins and Jay Williams discuss the statement made by Jaylen Brown in his 40-point performance against the Pacers last night. The crew also weighs in on their Game 2 predictions of the Western Conference Finals between the Mavericks and Timberwolves. They also debate whether or not Jalen Brunson should have made the All-NBA First Team, and whether or not Jaylen Brown got snubbed from the All-NBA teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Green Monsters

Hour 1: Green Monsters

2024-05-2449:44

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins, and Jay Williams react to the Celtics' Game 2 win over the Pacers and debate if Jaylen Brown is the most underrated NBA star after his 40-point night. The crew tells us who needs to step up for the Timberwolves in Game 2 tonight: Anthony Edwards or Karl-Anthony Towns? Paul Finebaum joins the show to unpack the deal between the NCAA and the Power 5 that will allow athletes to be paid. Stephen A. and Perk give their takes on the state of LeBron and the Lakers' search for their new head coach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Dynamic Duo

Hour 2: Dynamic Duo

2024-05-2329:57

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Brian Windhorst, and Tim Legler tell us which duo is more important in the Eastern Conference Finals: Tatum and Brown or Haliburton and Siakam? We react to breaking news from Woj as the Cavaliers fire Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Joe Fortenbaugh joins the show to give us his best bets for this weekend's slate of games. The crew gives their takes on Bronny James "carving out his own lane" in the NBA despite his famous father. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Brian Windhorst, and Tim Legler debate if Anthony Edwards and the Timberwolves are in trouble after dropping Game 1 to Kyrie Irving and the Mavericks and tell us what they need to do to even the series tomorrow night. Kimberley A. Martin and Damien Woody join the show to react to Dak Prescott saying he "doesn't play for money". Stephen A. addresses comments Draymond Green made about him on Shaq's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Dallas' Destiny

Hour 2: Dallas' Destiny

2024-05-2242:031

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Austin Rivers debate if the Celtics are still the clear favorites to win the NBA Finals. Plus, the crew weighs in on whether or not the Mavericks have enough to win a title. It's Wednesday so you know what that means: Mad Dog tells us what's bothering him this week. We debate if the Knicks are title contenders with their current roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Baaaang!!

Hour 1: Baaaang!!

2024-05-2247:39

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Austin Rivers react to the Celtics' OT win over the Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and debate if the Pacers have blown their chance of winning the series. The crew gives their predictions for the opening game of the Mavericks-Timberwolves series tonight. Kimberley A. Martin joins the show to debate what the Jets' ceiling is this season. Stephen A. teases his upcoming ESPN+ series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Under Pressure

Hour 2: Under Pressure

2024-05-2146:46

In this episode, Shannon Sharpe, Brian Windhorst, Andraya Carter, and Austin Rivers take over for Stephen A. as they debate if Jayson Tatum is under the most pressure to win a title this year. Plus, the crew decides which team has more at stake this offseason: the Knicks or the Lakers? Windy gives us some insight on the Lakers' head coach search. The crew disagrees on which duo left in the playoffs is the most dangerous... is it Tatum/Brown? Luka/Kyrie? Or someone else? Andraya Carter shows off her boxing chops. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the absence of Stephen A. Smith in today's episode, Shannon Sharpe, Austin Rivers, Andraya Carter, and Brian Windhorst held it down, debating if the Pacers have a legit shot against the Celtics. They also discuss whether or not Anthony Edwards is already the new face of the NBA. The crew weighs in on the Knicks possibly adding another star player to help with their title chances next season. Lastly, Andraya gives her take about Caitlin Clark's recent performance against the Sun with an injured ankle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Valid Excuse?

Hour 2: Valid Excuse?

2024-05-2042:59

Stephen A., Shannon Sharpe and Kendrick Perkins discuss if Ant Edwards is the face of the NBA, the Wolves/Mavs WCF matchup and if the Celtics are championship or bust this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, and Tim Legler debate if the Timberwolves-Nuggets Game 7 was another collapse for the Nuggets or a triumphant comeback for the Timberwolves. Things get heated as the crew weighs in on the Pacers-Knicks Game 7. Lastly, the crew discusses the biggest reason the Mavericks defeated the Thunder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim are joined by Jeff Darlington to discuss the breaking news of Scottie Scheffler's detainment and release at the PGA Championship for failure to follow police orders. Monica McNutt and Kendrick Perkins join the show to debate who will win Game 7 of the Timberwolves-Nuggets series. Tim Legler joins the show to debate if the Pacers-Knicks series will go to Game 7. Lastly, the crew weighs in on biggest key for the Mavericks to close out their series against the Thunder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Breaking news of Scottie Scheffler's detainment and release at the PGA Championship for failure to follow police orders. First Take goes live to his tee time as Round 2 of the PGA Championship begins. Stephen A. Smith is then joined by Monica McNutt and Tim Legler to react to the Timberwolves' 45-point routing of the Nuggets to force a Game 7 in their series. They also debate the most important player in Game 6 of the Knicks-Pacers series tonight. Lastly, the crew weighs in on Caitlin Clark's first two games in the WNBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith, Tim Legler, and Brian Windhorst debate who needs to step up more for the Timberwolves; Anthony Edwards or Karl-Anthony Towns? Ryan Clark and Damien Woody also join the show to get into the upcoming NFL schedule. RC gives us his favorite NFL team schedule video. They discuss how confident Cowboys’ fans should be in their team this season, with them being tied with the Jets for the most primetime games. Lastly, everyone roasts Stephen A. for saying he can score a basket on anyone in the world, including LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Joker's Wild

Hour 1: Joker's Wild

2024-05-1644:58

Stephen A. Smith, Tim Legler, and Brian Windhorst debate which opponent will be next for the Celtics: Pacers or Knicks? They also debate who would they rather have between Luka Doncic or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in their Game 6 playoff matchup. The crew discuss if Rudy Gobert should be blamed for Nikola Jokic's big Game 5 playoff performance. Lastly, things get heated between Ryan Clark and Damien Woody with the Jets having six prime-time games in the first 11 weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: King and I

Hour 2: King and I

2024-05-1544:03

Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Kendrick Perkins, and Andraya Carter discuss which series will go to seven games; Timberwolves-Nuggets or Pacers-Knicks? Mad Dog answers fans' questions live using #AskFirstTake. The crew reacts live to Bronny James' comments regarding his goal to play in the NBA, not with his father LeBron. Lastly, it's Wednesday so you know Mad Dog has been waiting to tell us what he's mad about this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Kendrick Perkins have a heated debate about the Knicks possibly clinching the series against the Pacers. They also debate if the Nuggets are taking over the series or the Timberwolves blew the series. Chiney Ogwumike and Andraya Carter join the show to discuss Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut against the Connecticut Sun. Lastly, the crew has Speed Debates on the Celtics' title chances, the Las Vegas Aces potentially becoming three-peat WNBA champions, and concerns regarding Luka Doncic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shannon Sharpe, Tim Legler, and Brian Windhorst speculate if LeBron sitting courtside during the Cavaliers-Celtics game means a potential return to his hometown. The crew discusses if the winner of the Timberwolves-Nuggets series will be the title favorites. They also debate if the Big 3 era in the NBA is officially over. Lastly, they discuss the potential candidates for the Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching vacancy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shannon Sharpe, Tim Legler, and Monica McNutt debate whether or not Luka's performance should be the blame for the Mavericks' loss to the Thunder last night. They discuss whether or not the Celtics are still the heavy favorite to win it all. The crew also debates which team has the edge to win the series between the Pacers or Knicks. Lastly, the crew shares their expectations of Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, and Kendrick Perkins discuss whether or not the Timberwolves blew their chances to advance to the Western Conference Finals. There was a heated debate in the studio between Shannon and Perk on whether or not the current NBA players can play in the NFL right now. They also discussed Kevin Durant's legacy was done more harm than good when he previously joined the Warriors. Lastly, they debate the best destination for Kevin Durant if he leaves the Suns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe and Monica McNutt react to the NBA's playoff games from yesterday. They debate whether or not the Timberwolves have blown on their chance to win the series against the Nuggets. The crew also weighs in on the Knicks' blowout loss to the Pacers and Michael Wilbon's comments saying the Suns are beyond repair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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ID39343579

If LeBron James go to the Warriors that would be boring. You might as well stop watching basketball.

Feb 21st
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Aakash Amanat

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Sep 20th
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Randel Granger

just wait stay patient the cowboys will let you down it's just who they are 😅😅😅

Aug 7th
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Woman

Thanks

Dec 28th
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Trevor Chinembiri

2:39 Bart blames Tom Brady Rodgers struggles.

Nov 20th
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Randel Granger

Happy birthday, Stephen A

Oct 17th
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Randel Granger

That should not be Kevin Durant problem at all

Jun 28th
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Randel Granger

James Harden does not need no more money that’s gonna make him worse

May 20th
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Randel Granger

James Harden does not need no more money that’s gonna make him worse

May 20th
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Randel Granger

James Harden does not need no more money that’s gonna make him worse

May 20th
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Debbie Bilka

So he threw an object into the stands, missed his target, BUT, he apologized. It’s just a little piece of plastic, no dammage, you say! Get a fine, don’t miss any games. Wow! Did anyone ask the girl how she felt. At a game, cheering for her team, and some vey well paid man throws something into the stands that hits HER! Wonder if it was her first time at a game? Will she want to go again? I am assuming it has been shown all over social media. TV? Poor kid. Just having a good time. He can’t apologize that away!

Apr 15th
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Anthony Lentz

Can you guys post "First Take Her Take" somewhere else? sick of deleting it every week.

Nov 10th
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Gil Ben-Artzy

Thank of 0

Aug 23rd
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Trevor Chinembiri

22:52

Aug 11th
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Trevor Chinembiri

0:39 Intro, 1:03 Pressure on KD to win the title after $198m extension with Nets? 12:53 KD and Draymond response on critics justified? 23:40 Josh Allen extension, which QB from the 2018 Draft will win the Super Bowl first. 38:00 Bulls vs Knicks future after off-season moves

Aug 10th
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Trevor Chinembiri

0:40 Will Kawhi win title with the Clippers? 10:16 Camps Takes - who can stop the Bucs? 15:33 Eagles not naming starting QB? 24:00 will Zach Wilson end the Jets QB woes? 32:40 Commish Manning?

Aug 10th
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Mars Johnston

Lord this is Stephen A. after one Knicks win 🤣

May 27th
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Darius Crawford

✊🏿🖤

Apr 29th
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Ryan Richardson

Horrible content.

Apr 27th
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Randel Granger

yo please can somebody tell him to shut up about Patrick mahomes you're putting too much on that boy

Feb 3rd
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