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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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Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst and Udonis Haslem debate whether new Lakers' head coach, JJ Redick, needs LeBron James to buy in more or Anthony Davis. They also weigh in on Paul George's comments comparing Bronny James to Jrue Holiday and Derrick White. Kimberley A. Martin and Sam Acho also join the show to discuss which quarterback gives the Steelers a better shot to win their division; Russell Wilson or Justin Fields? The entire crew comes together to debate the best athletes they've ever seen. Lastly, Big Perk and UD pick their next young superstar to win their first NBA championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Leading Man

Hour 1: Leading Man

2024-06-2150:03

Kendrick Perkins, Udonis Haslem, and Brian Windhorst holding it down in the studio with no Stephen A to discuss the Lakers hiring J.J. Redick as their new head coach. Also, the crew debates the best spot for Paul George next season. Things get heated with a huge debate around the biggest threat to the Celtics. Bart Scott and Kimberley A. Martin join the show to discuss if this season will impact Aaron Rodgers' legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith is out but we have plenty to debate with Monica McNutt, Brian Windhorst, and Udonis Haslem including whether or not JJ Redick and the Lakers are a good fit. Damien Woody and Kimberley A. Martin are here to break down which AFC East QB has the most to prove this season. Joe Fortenbaugh gives us his best bets so you can cash in on this weekend's action. And, the crew gets heated in a debate over which championship team is most likely to threepeat: the Las Vegas Aces, the UConn Huskies, or the Kansas City Chiefs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Paul of Duty

Hour 1: Paul of Duty

2024-06-2047:462

In this episode, Stephen A. is away so the crew is here to play. Brian Windhorst, Monica McNutt, and Udonis Haslem discuss if Luka's playoff run has increased or diminished his standing in the league and which team in the West should be favorites next season. Plus, we debate which team would give Paul George the best chance to win a title: the Knicks, the Clippers, or the 76ers? Kimberley A. Martin and Damien Woody ask if this should be Dak Prescott's last season in Dallas. No team is safe as we decide which fan base is the most entitled in sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Tim Kurkjian remember Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays with the news of his passing at 93 years old. We react to breaking news from Detroit as the Pistons fire Head Coach Monty Williams after one season. Stephen A. and Mad Dog debate which hallowed NBA franchise is the best of all time: the Lakers or the Celtics? Mad Dog tells us what he's mad about this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith is joined by Andraya Carter and Brian Windhorst to debate whether or not Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are top 5 players in the NBA. Monica McNutt also joins the show and the crew to discuss where the Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving duo ranks in the all-time backcourts after their loss in the Finals. The crew also debates whether or not the Celtics will be the next NBAs dynasty. Lastly, they wonder how Stephen Curry's career would be different if he was drafted by the Knicks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith is joined by Andraya Carter and Brian Windhorst and they react to the Celtics' series-sealing victory over the Mavericks in Game 5 of the Finals. The crew also debates whether or not Jaylen Brown was the correct choice for Finals MVP, and whether or not Jayson Tatum silenced all the critics. They also weigh in on whether or not this was Kyrie Irving's last chance to win another championship, and Luka Doncic's image possibly being tarnished by his performance. Lastly, Monica McNutt joins the the crew to debate where the Celtics rank among the best franchises in the NBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith is joined by Andraya Carter, Brian Windhorst and Jay Williams to debate whether or not Kyrie Irving has something to prove tonight against the Celtics. Stephen A. and J-Will also weigh in on the Lakers targeting JJ Redick as their next head coach. The crew discusses whether Klay Thompson unfollowing the Warriors on social media something or nothing. Lastly, they give their predictions for Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Now or Never

Hour 1: Now or Never

2024-06-1746:302

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Brian Windhorst, Andraya Carter, and Jay Williams debate what the biggest reason would be for the NBA Finals to see a Game 6. And, what does Kyrie have to do to prove he can win in front of a rowdy Boston crowd? Stephen A. and Andraya debate if Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark are the next great sports rivalry. Stephen A. reacts to Gervonta "Tank" Davis' big win over Frank Martin this weekend and tells us who he should fight next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins, and Brian Windhorst debate if Luka Doncic will go off in a must-win Game 4 against the Celtics and if Jaylen Brown is a lock to win Finals MVP. The crew gives their takes on why the Lakers didn't make a more enticing job offer to Dan Hurley. Joe Fortenbaugh joins the show to give us his best bets for this weekend's NBA Finals action. We decide who we would cast as our crew in a First Take movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith ins joined by Brian Windhorst and Kendrick Perkins to discuss Luka Doncic's rough moments during the NBA Finals. They also debate who has the most to gain from a Celtics' title: Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum or coach Joe Mazzulla? Chiney Ogwumike also joins the show to discuss Caitlin Clark and Dijonai Carrington's comments about Clark's name being used to justify racism, misogyny and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Dallas Drama

Hour 2: Dallas Drama

2024-06-1340:271

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Brian Windhorst, and CJ McCollum break down Luka Doncic's lackluster performance in Game 3. David Benavidez joins the show ahead of his WBC Light Heavyweight title match against Oleksandr Gvozdyk and tells us if he'll ever face off against Canelo Álvarez. Kimberley A. Martin and Andraya Carter are here to debate which Dallas team has been more disappointing: the Mavs in The Finals or the Cowboys in the playoffs? Stephen A. and Windy react to Joel Embiid saying the Bucks gave the Celtics a championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Losing Luka

Hour 1: Losing Luka

2024-06-1355:42

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Andraya Carter, and Brian Windhorst react to the Mavs going down 0-3 to the Celtics in The Finals and debate how much blame should be on Luka Doncic after fouling out in the 4th quarter. The crew gives their thoughts on JJ Redick interviewing for the Lakers head coaching job. Kimberley A. Martin and Robert Griffin III are here to break down the situation between Aaron Rodgers and the Jets amidst his absence from mandatory mincamp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Adrian Wojnarowski react to the news of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West passing away at age 86. CJ McCollum joins the show to debate what Finals scenario is more likely: a Celtics sweep or the Mavs forcing a Game 7? Plus, we debate if Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic are still one of the best backcourts ever if they don't win a title. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Door's Open

Hour 1: Door's Open

2024-06-1201:00:431

In this episode, Stephen A. Smith and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo remember Hall of Famer Jerry West with the news of his passing this morning. Andraya Carter joins the show to debate if the Porzingis injury leaves the door open for the Mavs to make a comeback in this series. Plus, we get into which Head Coach position is more attractive: the Lakers or the Cavs? The crew gets into it as we discuss why USA Basketball left Caitlin Clark off of the Olympic roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe are joined by Tim Legler to discuss whether or not LeBron James makes the Lakers' head coaching job more or less enticing. The crew debates if the Mavericks are scared of the Celtics or the Celtics are just a better team overall. Seth Greenberg joins the show to debate if Dan Hurley made the right decision to stay at UConn rather than take the Lakers' head coaching job. Lastly, the crew shares their thoughts on Tom Brady's last game-worn uniform sold in an auction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, and Brian Windhorst debate potential head coaches the Lakers should target next. The crew discusses if Jayson Tatum or Kyrie Irving will have a breakout game in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Also, they share their thoughts about Darvin Ham heading back to the Milwaukee Bucks an assistant coach under Doc Rivers. Lastly, the crew debates if Mike Tomlin will bring a Super Bowl trophy back to Pittsburgh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Team USA Talks

Hour 2: Team USA Talks

2024-06-1041:16

Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, Andraya Carter, and Chiney Ogwumike continue their debate about Caitlin Clark being left off the Team USA Women's Basketball Olympic roster. Kendrick Perkins joins the show to discuss his tweet about LeBron James unfollowing him on X/Twitter. The crew discusses the best player on the Celtics between Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Lastly, they debate which job should Dan Hurley want more; staying at UConn or becoming head coach of the Lakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 1: Fever Pitch

Hour 1: Fever Pitch

2024-06-1054:361

Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, and Kendrick Perkins react to the Boston Celtics' win last night to go up 2-0 in the series. They also discuss concerns for Kristaps Porzingis after Boston's big man appeared to tweak his leg. Andraya Carter and Chiney Ogwumike also join the show as the crew gets into a heated debate surrounding WNBA rookie sensation Caitlin Clark not making the US Women's National Team to compete in the Olympics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hour 2: Game 1 Grades

Hour 2: Game 1 Grades

2024-06-0744:47

Stephen A. Smith is joined by Andraya Carter and Udonis Haslem to give Celtics' star Jayson Tatum grades, and also debate whether or not they need to see more from Tatum in order for the Celtics to win the championship. Kendrick Perkins also joins the show and he and the crew debate LeBron James' best running mate during his career. The crew reacts to the University of Oklahoma women's softball team winning their fourth straight national championship. They also make their picks for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Lastly, the crew reacts to Big Perk batting at Fenway Park. 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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