Molly Qerim tells Stephen A Smith, “Chill out with your blue suede shoes,” as the first-take pair return from sudden absences

ESPN star personality Stephen A. Smith began the first take Monday, prompting Molly Qerim to tell him to relax.

The ESPN host was forced to interrupt her colleague’s tirades while opening the show.

Molly Qerim mocks Stephen A Smith on Monday's First Take


Molly Qerim mocks Stephen A Smith on Monday’s First TakeCredit: TV/USTVNOW
Stephen A. Smith has been a mainstay in sports broadcasting since the 1990s


Stephen A. Smith has been a mainstay in sports broadcasting since the 1990sCredit: TV/USTVNOW

Both were back in the studio after their abrupt absence last week.

And Smith was excited and brought energy that had a lot to say.

Molly posed the first question while introducing guest NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins about the NBA playoff matchups.

And how far do you think LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers can go?

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Christine Williamson, Molly Qerim's replacement, called her

Smith sighed and replied, “The Lakers could end up at home in the first round. Let’s just call it what it is.”

He went on to say that you can’t completely rule out the Lakers because of James and his size, but it will be a tough challenge.

Smith believes if the Lakers win their play-in match against the Minnesota Timberwolves, their next series against the Memphis Grillizes could be their downfall.

“Last time I checked they got Ja Morant and that brother is special and he’s on a mission.”

“They have flown under the radar since the problems with Ja Morant.”

Smith went on to explain why he thinks Memphis is dangerous in the NBA playoffs, but also randomly shot the city of Memphis and Elvis Presley.

“They have Elvis signs and Elvis billboards. They were supposed to be Ja Morant billboards. Elvis is dead.

This forces Molly to scoff at his lengthy tirade: “Relax in your blue suede shoes.”

She passed the question on to Pekins, who said he believed the Lakers would make it to the NBA Finals.


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