Why would the Rockets do this deal? Stephen A. reacts to the Westbrook for Wall trade | First Take

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Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to the Houston Rockets trading Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a first-round pick.
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  • This trade is like going to a restaurant and asking for a Coke and the waiter ask is Pepsi ok, and you agree because you’re already there and don’t wanna leave because you’re hungry

    XxKayzoxXXxKayzoxX7 päivää sitten
  • Here after Harden yoo was traded and John Wall is playing very well.

    Rex IminganRex Imingan7 päivää sitten
  • Wizards were actually better last year with no Westbrook or Wall, Westbrook is not a winner, I wonder is russ gonna stay there as long as he gets his numbers or will he request another trade, his market value is getting lower with every trade, pretty soon he's gonna be a player that teams trade for little to nothing just to get rid of him.

    trap Kellytrap Kelly18 päivää sitten
  • Clearly the Wizards won the deal? Haha

    Marcus RichardsonMarcus Richardson20 päivää sitten
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  • hi guy, i want to escape to uk

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  • Wall teams beal ariza nene Gortat paul pierce Morris. Russ teammates KD harden Serge Adams reggie jackson pg13 melo Clint capela

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  • Are we serious russ as the lone star couldn't get out of 1st round. Wall has done it plenty of times. Wall is better pg and defender when healthy. Russ has had more talent than wall less playoff success.

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  • Go Warriors!

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  • That mentality of Rus has won him 0 titles

  • Short term memory lol. You know what’s funny? Max Kellerman, who said was always better then Wall at his best, sat on this very show across from this very man during the 2017 NBA playoffs and agreed with Stephen A Smith when he said that depending on what type of point guard you are looking for, John wall was arguably the best in the nba. No lie, go check it out *yes, that was the season Russ averaged a triple double, but it was also the season Wall balled out so hard not just in the reg, but set records in the playoffs and nearly dragged the 4 seed wizards to the conference finals averaging 27 and 10+ across multiple series for the first time in nba history. Seriously go look up the video “John wall best point guard in nba?” To be fair they didn’t say positively he was better than Russ, but you’ll see what I’m saying. And that was at a time where people still tried as hard as they could to ignore Wall and before people soured on Russ at all. Wall just played so well that people finally had to give it up for him.

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  • THE DUMBEST TRADE EVER, john wall wasted all his good yrs in washington, accident prone etc etc and harden is an idiot for not demanding anything but being a punk about it. lmaoo now he wants out ..he’ll end up on a garbage team.

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  • Westbrook obviously is a starting point guard no doubt but on a actual championship team he is not a starting point guard, it's just the truth at this point of his career.. if he seriously wants to win a title he's going to have accept the role of being a 6th man as the backup point guard.. Some of the greatest 6th man players of alltime for a guard that I heard of are manu Ginobili, lou Williams, Jamal Crawford, Eric Gordon, Jason Terry and leandro Barbosa, out of all of them which one of them were very capable starters to me?? For sure ginobili, lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Terry but the others that I didn't mentioned could occasionally or sometimes start no doubt.. One of the most important qualities for a point guard who had the ball in his hands a lot is having a great feel not only for yourself but for your teammates too and Westbrook doesn't seem to have that, and John wall does no doubt, the only thing Westbrook has over wall is that he's super athletic that's it but that could only take you so far but John wall is very athletic in his own rights too when healthy but wall just has a better feel for the game than Westbrook which is something that could take you to even greater levels for sure..

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  • I like the concept of Russ playing with a better Catch and Shoot in Bradly Beal because Harden couldn’t catch and shoot for nothingggg against the Lakers. However, I still remember Russ telling the Lakers “they better double me” while being down 20+ in the second half... Washington gonna take a bunch of shots, have no midrange game, and will become a “Live by the three, die by the three” team unfortunately. Houston? They’ should just rebuild

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  • 2020-2021 NBA Eastern Conference 1-8 seed projections. 1. Miami Heat 2. Boston Celtics 3. Brooklyn Nets 4. Philadelphia 76ers 5. The Bucks 6. Washington Wizards 7. Toronto Raptors 8. Detroit Pistons

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  • I think Houston gone be better 🤷🏾‍♂️

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  • Assuming he’s as close to 100% as he’s gonna get, I’d rather have John Wall if only because of his defense. If James stays, then he’s gonna carry a huge offensive load as always, and nothing is really going to change there with this trade; he’ll probably have a similar usage rate as Russ. But I always thought Wall was more consistent per defensive possession than Russ.

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  • I like John Wall and Boogie Cousins playing together! They have excellent chemistry together from those Kentucky days and Houston gets a first round draft pick out of the trade. Houston might be a problem in the next couple seasons fr.

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  • Better backcourt Dame and CJ easily

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  • One gonna get hurt, one gonna suck in the playoffs

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  • Chemistry,Russell Westbrook is not better than Wall but Wall is a true point guard.Russell brings no chemistry to any time.

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  • Wow I like Wall I like Westbrook I like Paul all have set backs wall was hurt Paul stayed hurt and Westbrook was some timey. Well just have to see how Wall's conditioning hold up. I'm good on the trade

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  • 体力浪費、人格破壊、スポーツは禁止です。

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  • This is like trading Coca Cola for Pepsi.

    Zaffe LanzZaffe LanzUukausi sitten
  • Rockets trippen. Washington came up. Bradley Beal has the real deal with him now.

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  • Why is Rockets unloading their loads?

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    • Rockets restructuring plan or reorganization?

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  • Dude you can be informative most of the time very intelligent but many times obnoxious🤕

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    • Comments are back!!

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  • Westbrook sucks nobody wants to play with him lol

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    • Oh, i want it! :)

      aola wiliaola wiliUukausi sitten
  • Haven't we all seen all this speculation about russel like 78 times.... we get it. Not fully reliable force on court, but he has energy.

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    • What happened to Kemba?

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  • This is stupid

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  • The more I watch Steven A Smith the more I realize he has no idea what he talking about

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  • Westbrook is simply uncoachable

    Vernon Lee WarrenVernon Lee WarrenUukausi sitten
  • why do people only focus on how hard Westbrook plays. Who cares how hard you play if you're constantly turning the ball over, making bad decisions, and not a very efficient shooter.

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  • Westbrick reigns still as the most overrated super star in the NBA.

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  • Surely I'm not the only one who knows that Wall (if healthy), is a big upgrade

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  • Time will tell. Westbrook is in the east now better for him. J-Wall if stays healthy could do sum

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  • This will definitely be a good move

  • What happened to Kemba?

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  • Wall is a better guard bc he isn't all about self.

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    • Wall has the perfect fit in a way

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  • Wall is a better player but he gets injured to much

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  • bet James Harden gets a feature from Lil Baby real soon.

    Terrorem BandTerrorem BandUukausi sitten
  • Like trading a transformer for a GoBot

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  • Honestly I'm happy with this trade russ was gonna leave no matter what so I think jwall is a great pickup to replace him

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  • come on now, Westbrook is the most selfish, toxic player in the history of the NBA and will *MARK MY WORDS* --- NEVER, EVER, win a championship and will retire a failure.

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  • Should be renamed to " bad takes". How Beal would want to play with a guy that is more "Walled" than Wall himself? Also, as stubborn can Wall be, he is losing in this domain from Westbrook by far. John Wall was a bad shooter but we haven't seen him playing after his injuries. It is possible that he has worked on his shot because he has lost some of his athletic abilities. Beal will demand a trade after he will realise who is the boss now.

    Mike P.Mike P.Uukausi sitten
    • @Joe Parmesan 0-4 start is not a surprise. Westbrook is a decent man, but I just can't stand him inside the court coz he wastes his and others talents.

      Mike P.Mike P.21 päivä sitten
    • Not only that, Wall was Washington's premier defensive playmaker down the stretch of close games. Not necessarily lockdown, fundamentally sound defense, but he's the one that would get a steal and get the team moving, or would get a huge momentum-building block. Washington doesn't have anyone like that anymore, and hasn't played cohesive defense since the days of Ariza (first time), Nene and coach Randy Wittman.

      Joe ParmesanJoe Parmesan23 päivää sitten
  • Better chemistry, thats why. At least, that's what they hope.

    BuckdawgBuckdawgUukausi sitten
  • If harden goes to the suns they right up there with the lakers

    Dominique ForrestDominique ForrestUukausi sitten
  • A backcourt that can go head to head with them in my opinion is dame and cj idk why they wasn’t mentioned in top backcourts rn

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  • Just not as DE-MON-STRA-TIVE lol good one .

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  • 1:04 I don't think that's how you pronounce that word Stephen.

    Alex FloresAlex FloresUukausi sitten
  • id rather beal than wall anyday

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    • Thats fine, but their playoffs seem to vastly disagree with this opinion

      Joe ParmesanJoe Parmesan23 päivää sitten
  • Wall has the perfect fit in a way

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  • Wow

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  • Westbrook washed up now he got traded too many times now

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  • I can see Westbrook carrying the wizards not the rockets tho .. wall a good fit wit harden .. this was a Great deal !!!!!

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  • I cringe every time Max says “All Star Plus”

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  • I mean why would yu put two selfish players together on the same team I knew it wouldn't work Westbrook's is not valuable neither is harden they can't lead no one to a championship never will next story please

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  • People think Wizards won the trade, but they got robbed lol.

    PDJ210PDJ210Uukausi sitten
    • It's hard to say who won or lost, but the risk for Washington is much greater than it is for Houston. Westbrook's presence doesn't change the talent level in Washington. Also, as I've found out, it takes him months to get into gear, and right now, he can't play back-to-back games. If he's not playing, the team won't play much different than last season, and if they get off to a slow start, then even more questions will arise. Houston, on the other hand, is pairing Wall with Harden, who is an excellent talent. At the the same time, Wall gets to play alongside Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins, collectively (and probably individually) the greatest talent of Bigs he's ever teamed with at any point in his career

      Joe ParmesanJoe Parmesan23 päivää sitten
    • Wall is washed up he don't love the game he a rapper groupie

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  • And wow you mean to tell me that harden abs westbrook are both ball dominant players and it didn’t work??? Omg I never called that one smfh.

    Nick RodeferNick RodeferUukausi sitten
  • I wouldn’t want to play w harden, Westbrooke, Paul, or wall. They will never win titles bc they are all egocentric assholes.

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  • mr. wolf: I HAVE A VISION....beals number will go down to 20-0-3 aaaand the wizards are the next running screens for russell "the best paintguard ever" westbrook

    Doctor Too-MuchDoctor Too-MuchUukausi sitten
  • In all reality both teams lost in this trade to be honest

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  • Russell Westbrook's current game is not conducive to winning a championship.

    David BaileyDavid BaileyUukausi sitten
  • Wall vision and passing capabilities are on par with Chris Paul...Russ is like having a shooting guard that can’t shoot

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  • John wall is a better fit than russ

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  • Westbrook just didn't fit with harden. Facts are facts.

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  • wall is going to be the better player mark my words

    Ale HincapieAle HincapieUukausi sitten
  • Don’t sleep on John

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  • Houston can't stop trading literally EVERY OFFSEASON and EVERY TRADE DEADLINE for the last 5 years.

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  • Rockets won this deal! Westbrook doesn’t even have any IQ! Im glad we traded Westbrook! People think Westbrook is better just because he plays with so much energy and he’s tenacious. But if you really do watch basketball and not just look at the stats, John Wall is a better ball player than him and is a better fit with Harden compared to Westbrook and Harden.

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  • No respect for Lowry/FVV...

    Steve EthierSteve EthierUukausi sitten
  • Wall is washed up he don't love the game he a rapper groupie

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  • This is like trading a left Twix for a right Twix

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  • Did max just say that Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal are the best back court? 4:00 so Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum must not exist😂

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  • I’m tired of hearing about Westbrook’s motor and his mentality. Dude took like 8 shots in game 7 and had 10 points. He quit! There was no motor. Stop the false narrative.

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  • This is like trading fruit loops for apple jacks

    Tre JacksonTre JacksonUukausi sitten
  • As a wizards fan I’m excited

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  • Westbrook to Wizards would be explosive ....

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    • Dame and CJ are golfing

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  • chris paul is better than russell westbrook dont @me

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  • I can see Westbrook carrying the wizards not the rockets tho .. wall a good fit wit harden .. this was a Great deal !!!!!

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  • Wizards did good cause who knows if wall will stay healthy

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  • Okay I get Houston got a first round pick but how can anyone even compare Wall and Westbrook at this point? As another articulated, Wall is one of the best Washington Wizards of all time and Westbrook is one of the greats of all time. I get that Westbrook struggles in playoffs but he has been a legit mvps candidate for last 5 seasons during the regular season, averaging a triple double in 3 years. Wall hasn't played in almost 2 seasons I believe and is coming off arguably toughest injury for nba player to come back from. I dunno, Beal and Westbrook will be a fun pair to watch

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  • Chocolate city sure like 20 years ago

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  • No one can win with Westbrook nothing else to say .

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  • Hope he will not got traded

  • Russ will be great in DC

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  • Wall is better in late games (not even close), better defender, and better facilitator. Wall is better fit for Harden because he's a pass first PG. BOTH HEALTHY HOUSTON WON THE TRADE! Screenshot this.

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  • I personally think Houston won the trade it’s like trading a injury bug for a cancer.... clearly nobody wants to be in an environment for any duration with Westbrook especially any players of elite status in the league;it’s a toxic environment

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  • Wall is a better defender

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