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Stephen A Smith Claims There’s A Rift Between Kyrie & Harden, Cites Ballsack Sports

Stephen A. Smith was seemingly fooled by the NBA-focused satire account on Twitter, Ballsack Sports.

On Monday’s episode of First Take, Smith seems to have referenced the tweet during a segment on Harden’s recent struggles.

“Especially when Kyrie looked him in the face, according to reports, and told him, ‘you’re washed up,'” Smith said on Monday’s episode of First Take. “That’s part of the reason they had a falling out in Brooklyn.”

In February, Ballsack Sports shared a graphic detailing how Kyrie Irving talked trash to James Harden in practice while the two were teammates and cited a “Brooklyn Nets executive on the growing rift between Kyrie and Harden.”

“Kyrie beat James Harden 1 on 1 almost everyday in practice, and Kyrie was barely even in basketball shape,” the satirical graphic read. “It demoralized Harden. Things reached the breaking point came when Kyrie called Harden ‘washed’ after completely locking him up in one scrimmage. An assistant had to break up the two as tempers flared, and the relationship spiraled downhill from there.”

The Athletic did publish a story a day before the Ballsack Sports satire graphic, on Feb. 10, that mentioned a “weird vibe between” Harden and Irving, and factors that could have contributed to Irving’s role in the Harding trade, though.

If you click Balllsack’s Twitter, the account displays this pinned tweet:

“I don’t want to be, you know, the guy that’s traced back to a misinformation spread for all the wrong reasons,” said Matt, a 24-year-old who runs the Ballsack Sports account, in an interview with Awful Announcing. “That’s my end goal. To not get picked up by Fox News. To not get picked up by Sports Illustrated. I think there’s some websites that will deliberately pick me up to get that clickbait attention, but my end goal is to hopefully help stop what I’m doing.”


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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. ok, I’m being serious: Are there still people who give a flying shit about the NBA? I mean, WE KNOW the refs are fixing games – we put a few in jail for it. Are there any, I mean even ONE, serious NBA fan in the OK-nation?

    If NO ONE says yes to this question, then OK should consider dropping it’s coverage of the NBA. We all know it’s just “content filler” between the increasingly irrelevant MLB and the woefully un-liked NFL…

    C’mon, truthfully, tell me if you are person who “lives and dies” by the daily machinations of the Bulls or the Heat or the Spurs…. I bet NO ONE gives a shit.

    The only money-maker left in sports is College football and pics of hotty tennis/golf players…

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