In a recent episode of "First Take," Stephen A. Smith boldly predicted that Steph Curry and the rest of the Warriors would repeat as NBA champions this year. Despite the fact the Warriors haven't made any major moves this offseason, Stephen A. named two players he expects to bring a lot more to the table in '22/'23.
On "First Take" on Tuesday, the flamboyant broadcaster emphasized his utmost belief that Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, and the rest of the Golden State squad will again rule over the Association. This, despite numerous legitimate contenders such as the Los Angeles Clippers—a team that will welcome back former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and his All-Star teammate Paul George this season.
There's also the Brooklyn Nets, which welcomed Kevin Durant back into their fold after the former league MVP rescinded his trade request. Kyrie Irving is also expected to return healthy this season, and with the duo teaming up with fellow All-Star forward Ben Simmons, the Nets will be a force to reckoned with in the East.
But Stephen A. Smith is not concerned about any of these teams, as he believes the Warriors have what it takes to be crowned NBA champions once again, citing the return of big man James Wiseman and the continued improvement of Klay Thompson as critical factors.
“They ain’t beating the Golden State Warriors, let me be very, very clear about that. The point is this: They ain’t beating the Warriors. Nobody is beating the Warriors. The Golden State Warriors are going to repeat as NBA champions, back to back,” said Smith.
Of course, this isn't the first time that Smith has picked the Warriors to win it all. The 54-year-old has consistently supported Curry and company, picking Golden State to win it all during the 2021-2022 season. And when the Warriors emerged victorious over Boston in the NBA Finals, Smith did not take long to gloat about the accuracy of his prediction and immediately declared that the Warriors would repeat as champions next season.
“I got the Warriors repeating. They are winning the NBA championship again next year. This time next year, Steph Curry will surpass LeBron James and he will have five [championships]. He will tie Kobe Bryant. He will surpass Shaquille O’Neal.” emphatically said Smith.
Even with all the other talented teams in the league, Smith is convinced that the Warriors will find a way to repeat as NBA champions. Only time will tell if he's right. But one thing is for sure: Stephen A. will be sure to let everyone know if he's correct once again.