Kenny Smith Returning to Work After Walking Off ‘Inside the NBA’ Set
NBA players get back to work … and so do Kenny smith.
“Inside the NBA” co-host is back in Atlanta right now to join Charles barkley, Shaquille O’neal and Ernie Johnson … just a few days after leaving the set.
As we previously reported, an emotional Smith removed his mic and left the studio Wednesday – live on TV – in solidarity with the NBA players who boycotted Wednesday’s playoff games on Jacob blake filming.
At the time, Smith said: “As a black man, as a former player … I think it’s better for me to support the players and not be here tonight.”
Fast forward to Friday … and Smith was at LAX, boarding a plane back to work.
When asked if leaving was a spur of the moment decision, Kenny explained, “I don’t know if it was spur of the moment. But I think it didn’t feel right to be there.
“I think it was the right time for me to join the march. I didn’t want to sit there and be a talking head. And I thought it was important to state that I wanted to participate in it instead of just talking about it. “
Smith was also asked if he supported the players ending the “boycott” and returning to the playoffs.
“I support what the players are doing anyway. I think the message is that it shows unified power,” Smith said.
“I think we’re in a really interesting time to eradicate the production and consumption of racism. So now when you allow someone to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to stop doing something that’s not only enjoyable but which is financially rewarding for a lot of people show the power of what the NBA can do and the sport in general. “
The NBA playoffs officially resume on Saturday – and “Inside the NBA” will be ready to go at full speed.
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