Stephen A Smith warns First Take guest after being away from ESPN studio

STEPHEN A. Smith had a stark warning for one of her guests on Tuesday’s First Take.

After co-host Molly Qerim welcomed both JJ Redick and Tim Legler as guest analysts on the ESPN show, Smith chimed in from his seat in California with a warning for the latter, who took his usual seat on set.

Smith, 55, was broadcasting practically from California


Smith, 55, was broadcasting practically from CaliforniaPhoto credit: Getty
Legler, 56, has been an analyst for ESPN since 1999


Legler, 56, has been an analyst for ESPN since 1999Photo credit: Twitter/LegsESPN

In an ominous tone, he said, “Legs, you know what it’s like to sit in that chair, right? You know what that means?”

Legler assured him: “I do it, I do it, I’ll carry my weight Stephen. I’ll try it.”

And Legler apparently made the most of his time in the hot seat, with fans tweeting their praise for the former NBA star.

One commented: “It’s always a pleasure to watch Tim Legler and JJ on the segments – they clearly know the game and the situation better than many experts.”

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Another tweeted: “LOVE when JJ and Tim Legler are on First Take together, your analysis is amazing @stephenasmith.”

However, one questioned how one of Legler’s comments had to go viral, noting, “It’s funny that the clip of Tim Legler isn’t viral. He said nobody is afraid of Jordan.

“The only player people ever really feared during that time was SHAQ because of what he could do to you if you got in your way.”

He was asked to respond to a comment by Lebron James‘ former teammate Mario Chalmers, in which he said that ‘nobody’s scared of Bron’.

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Legler stated, “As a professional athlete, I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone show fear of anyone they were going to play against.

“The only guy I’ve ever faced, and I was in a dressing room where I might have noticed a little discomfort, was Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal).

“Because not only could Shaq beat you, Shaq could put you on SportsCenter. Right, he could put you in a clip that would live forever.”

Legler said O'Neal (R) was the only player he noticed had a certain


Legler said O’Neal (R) was the only player he noticed causing some “discomfort” among playersPhoto credit: Getty Stephen A Smith warns First Take guest after being away from ESPN studio


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