The Irish poet Paul Hewson once said, "Choose your enemies carefully, because they will define you." If that sentiment is true at all, Tim Frazier's NBA career should be in pretty good shape.
The former Penn State Nittany Lion and current starting point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans has earned the ire of one Stephen A. Smith, the longtime ESPN analyst most known for his loudness. On his First Take program this morning, Smith was asked about the stellar season debut of Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
In attempting to defend Davis, Smith stumbled upon the very legitimate idea that he does not have a great supporting cast. In doing so, Smith decided the worst sin was being someone he had never heard of.
My concern about Anthony Davis, however, is: who is he playing with? Did you see last night's game? I mean, uh, Max, I don't know how to put this into words. I cover the NBA. Tim Frazier, who the hell is that? Who? Who?
Smith went on to name four other Pelicans, who he thankfully had heard of before because he covers the NBA, before lambasting Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and the rest of the New Orleans front office.
Frazier finished the Pelicans' opener with 15 points (6-10 shooting), 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and just 1 turnover. Frazier is starting in Jrue Holiday's stead while Holiday tends to his wife, the famed soccer player Lauren Holiday, as she recovers from successful surgery to remove a brain tumor.
Frazier's ascendance from a 3-star recruit from Houston to a top point guard in the Big Ten, NBA Developmental League MVP, and now starting NBA point guard should be a great story, buoyed by the fact that Frazier has improved with every opportunity. In the very game Smith referenced, Frazier was easily the second best player on the court for New Orleans.
But when you've lost the Stephen A. Smith vote, there is no telling if you will ever recover.
You're officially blocked, @BiblesNBlowjobs. Your twitter name alone should have you banned!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 3, 2013