Stephen A. issues a massive apology to Damian Lillard: 'I APOLOGIZE, IT'S MY FAULT!' | First Take
Stephen A. Smith is very sorry for overlooking Damian Lillard's exceptional performances this season.
0:00 Stephen A. reacts to Damian Lillard's game-winner for the Portland Trail Blazers against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
2:06 Stephen A. notes the difference between Dame and Stephen Curry when it comes down to clutch points.
2:52 Stephen A. makes his apology to Lillard.
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    0:00​ Stephen A. reacts to Damian Lillard's game-winner for the Portland Trail Blazers against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. 2:06​ Stephen A. notes the difference between Dame and Stephen Curry when it comes down to clutch points. 2:52​ Stephen A. makes his apology to Lillard.

    • Jeffrey Young
      Jeffrey Young

      @WayTooLeetGaming he only was bad in one finals

    • Jason Wall
      Jason Wall

      Everyone knows you don't go full Training Day Denzel. Steven A just did that.

    • Habeev07

      Kobe is pissed off they started Luka 1:37

    • Jeffrey Young
      Jeffrey Young

      @Micah Richardson no doubt i kind of forget he plays pg for some teason but yea he up he just got to put more time in before i put him above dame

    • Saiyan Red
      Saiyan Red

      @WayTooLeetGaming He did not have em when he smoked the Jazz a few weeks ago; Jazz are the best team in the league atm. Did not have em the first season in Brooklyn when he was crazy efficient. He did not have em in Boston when he was efficient being mentioned among the likes of Bird in terms of efficient seasons. Did not have them in Cleveland prior to James when he was more efficient than Dame....Your point?

  • samuel lafortune
    samuel lafortune

    2:16 My answer is Kevin Durant

  • John Carlo Somo
    John Carlo Somo

    This man makes me want to apologize to him instead.

  • Carlos Byrd
    Carlos Byrd

    SAS is afraid to tell Lillard that he's not going to get the chip.

  • Fart Vader
    Fart Vader

    Who is Jurkic?

  • King James
    King James

    And this was also the last time he had a segment 😂😂 y'all do Dame dirty

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  • Emily Winslett
    Emily Winslett

    Can we just get him to stop trying to get Dame to leave Portland now???

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  • Stanislav Nakhimov
    Stanislav Nakhimov

    And we have two hours....Money for nothing and chicks for free

  • F Jacks
    F Jacks

    Uh, how many chips Dame got? Next question..

  • Grace Seaton
    Grace Seaton

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  • Brutus von Manhammer
    Brutus von Manhammer

    Max Kellerman just broke down why sports media is a joke 😐

  • Björn Fischer
    Björn Fischer

    maaan, i don't wanna be the guy that's monitoring the audio when stephen A. is on :D

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    Petter Tran

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  • Tashrif Alam
    Tashrif Alam

    Does anybody look at Stephen A and think he only rates players who can just score points?

  • thaddeus4444


  • My Aim Is True
    My Aim Is True

    I would be heartbroken if he leaves Portland, along with most of the city. But I would understand totally. he's just loyal to this city and doesn't want to move

  • Mooski Joe
    Mooski Joe

    its Dame Time🚀 Current King of Clutch🌠

  • Mooski Joe
    Mooski Joe


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    Mooski Joe


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    Mooski Joe


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    Mooski Joe


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    Caroll Collier

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  • Censordat

    No disrespect to the Oakland NBA OGs like Jason Kidd and Gary Payton, but Dame is the best basketball player to ever come out of Oakland. Future NBA legend! Dame Time! From underdog to a BEAST! MVP!

  • Willie Roland
    Willie Roland

    Aye I been saying for a couple of years he’s a MVP caliber player, but people said nah cuz he can’t get passed the first round which is bs

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  • Mayera Hongera
    Mayera Hongera

    SAS still apologizing after LILARD dropped 50 tonight.😂😂

  • Noche Patada
    Noche Patada

    SAS 1 month ago: I owe Damian Lillard an apology SAS 1 week ago: Damian Lillard needs to move to a big city market Trailblazers fans: SAS, shut the f*** up and go away

  • Rajagopalan Sankaranarayanan
    Rajagopalan Sankaranarayanan

    max is totally wrong...he says be talked they have to make deep playoff... where are those Spurs players who have made 22 continuous playoff appearance???? These guys has safely ignored the whole team

  • Dopedreamz D.D.A
    Dopedreamz D.D.A

    I'm getting all my jerseys signed by bro no cap

  • Terence Tottress
    Terence Tottress

    Kobe endorsed dam many years ago

  • Shin Chan
    Shin Chan

    But let's be real. Dame may not be able to win it in Portland. Unless Davis goes to Portland after the Lakers honeymoon with LeBron.

  • Jofrey Lupul
    Jofrey Lupul

    Lillard gonna choke in playoffs. It'd be cool if he didn't but he's gotta llot to prove, regular season is regular season.

  • Callen Mascarenhas
    Callen Mascarenhas

    Very well put Max Kellerman. That was spot on.

  • Forrest Wu
    Forrest Wu

    About time SAS apologized for his disrespect 😂

  • J_Songz201 IG
    J_Songz201 IG

    Dame Dolla a beast though he so underrated though! I love watching him play he gon win mvp if not this season then before 2024 watch bruh!

  • Good Guy Man On a Mission
    Good Guy Man On a Mission

    I wonder who at ESPN pulled Steven A. Smith’s chain? He did a total 180 in just a few days...

  • DEEP dirt
    DEEP dirt


  • Emmanuel Serry -Best
    Emmanuel Serry -Best

    Momma said who shouting on the phone 😂😂😂

  • Ronald Fritz
    Ronald Fritz

    ice water in vanes

  • Rudy Straight
    Rudy Straight

    Brian Scalabrine

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    Alex Nguyen

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  • William Hough
    William Hough

    1. Damian Lillard 2. Nikola Jokic 3. Joel Embiid

  • Russ Dregne
    Russ Dregne

    This was awesome. Passionately apologetic! 😂 Dame Time!

  • Ellie Blanchard
    Ellie Blanchard

    anyone else find him seriously annoying and biased

  • Andrew Todd
    Andrew Todd

    LeBron's name shouldn't be up there with any of the players named in regards to MVP this season.

  • SendMeLocation

    "I DON'T LIKE MENS NO MORE! I AM DELIVERED!"..kinda apology vibes🤣

  • SendMeLocation

    This is how my narcissist ex used to apologize to me🤣🤣🤣

  • Herbert Francis the 111
    Herbert Francis the 111

    Dame’s a warrior. You dont see them anymore cause theyre a dying breed rn.

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    Elsa Jean

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  • Joel Molalathoko
    Joel Molalathoko

    real MVP

  • Tammy L
    Tammy L

    Damian Lillard for MVP say I 🙏

  • sehhi vooty
    sehhi vooty

    Notice how Stephen A started screaming after messing up Nurkic's name to distract from the fact he couldn't say it lmao

  • John Williams
    John Williams

    D rose was more athletic than Russ

    • sehhi vooty
      sehhi vooty

      Dame is mvp

  • John Williams
    John Williams

    Max what has embiid done besides crying after kawhii hit that shot. Dame got Portland to the wcf. Forget a market your the dude to say a depleted giants team should be favored over a healthy loaded bills team.

  • Claudio Longo
    Claudio Longo

    Stephen A. broke the ESPN's broadcast limiter

  • SpeedHomeAttack

    Who the helk cares, its literally not that deep. The man still made the all star team.

  • D Man Jr
    D Man Jr

    Max is the kind of guy that just shouldn't talk sports at all he has a lot of foot to mouth disease

  • Kris

    It's all good, Damian Lillard gets the most props from other NBA players.

  • ceerw buty
    ceerw buty

    so good to get a segment without molly interrupting and throwing everything off

  • soiung toiue
    soiung toiue

    “and we got two hours...we got two hours everyday.” 😂😂

    • ceerw buty
      ceerw buty

      Why Stephen A yellin' at me for? I voted for Dame! smdh

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      soiung toiue


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  • Adam

    Right now i can only to Stephen A..Max,Skip Bayless,Shannon are haters..they always say anything just to make headlines such as Max tell Brady cliff theory and Skip "lebron hater" Bayless..Shannon also Brady Hater..keep it up Stephen A

  • Say S
    Say S

    Big fan of Damian Lillard ... His been destroying the League since 2012 Pluse I don't think he even reach his prime yet biggest clutch player I ever seen. his percentages is out this world..... Deffilty Mvp run up for real !!!! 💯 game ⌚

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

    Lillard was beast last night in the closing minutes. He zoned out.

  • Rodney Caviness
    Rodney Caviness

    Finally Stephen A and others are acknowledging the truth...That Damian Lillard is the best PG in the NBA and probably has been for the last 2 or 3 years..(Steph did not play last year..and Kyre has too many personal issues (although he and Damian are my favorite players)

    • Rodney Caviness
      Rodney Caviness

      @Smd_ thats your opinion..I respect that..but way better is an overstatement..I might give Steph the edge too...but its always been close..if you've been really following Dames career he has always been top 3 gaurd in the league..since his rookie year when he won Rookie Of The Year He plays in Portland so he doesn't get the recognition as players in the bigger markets..but Damian has outplayed Steph in several matchups..and vice versa its about even if you look at their matchup stats, its just that Steph has always had a much better team...when you have great teammates who can shoot like Klay and KD, .it makes it alot easier for Steph to get open looks..Steph rarely gets double teamed when they matchup because he has so many shooters around him...Dame always get double teamed in playoffs. In fact in Stephs first finals without KD he played poorly and Iggy took home the finals MVP, then against Cleveland Kyre ...out played him..and he had a marginal series performance...Kyre Dame and Steph are my top 3 players but understanding the X O's of the game Steph clearly has a better advantage in the system he plays..just being honest

    • Smd_

      @Rodney Caviness Steph always outplayed dame in every matchup even without kd. It should be no debate at all Curry is way better in my opinion

    • Rodney Caviness
      Rodney Caviness

      @Smd_ True but ..over the last 3 years still debatable..when you consider the roster makeup Steph has by comparison...Dame would have just as many rings as Steph if he played with KD, Klay and Drammond, his best teammate is a very good but inconsistent and always injured CJ (not nearly on the level of KD and Klay)

    • Smd_

      he was only the best pg last year when curry didn’t play.

    • Rodney Caviness
      Rodney Caviness

      @vbddfy euuyt He does but he does make a valid point about market..Portland is not the same market as NY, LA , Golden State, Miami you don't hear about them that much and they get less TV time than the big markets..but of course the same can be said for OKC..but still Westbrooks gets alot of press and he's no where close to Dame. Damian is the rel deal and has been for long time...Portland has always been an ignored market even when Walton won the Chip ..and as good as Drexler was..he didn't get the coverage..he was just considered a west coast version of MJ and probably the most underrated player before his tragic career ending illness Brandon Roy..didn't get the props he deserved either

  • Makh Demb
    Makh Demb

    Dame Dollar been my favorite since i first heard him slaughter Shaq on the mic , and then I started to watch his highlights and I was just gone . Try to get a Portland jersey shipped to Soweto South Africa in February 2020 and not because i stay there No No No , i get my traffic fines sent there somehow because the government is not interested that sharing a highway isn't sharing an area code . I digress , got the jersey after a year and we locked up again and it's 2am and I'm here claiming to be a life long fan when i barely got my jersey .....

  • Whodatt

    Skip take note my boi

  • Jason Philbrick
    Jason Philbrick

    Dame is mvp

  • Jason Philbrick
    Jason Philbrick

    Same is mvp

  • Rohan Mayor
    Rohan Mayor

    calm down man, jeez

  • KPZ

    Steven A. Is a joke. The loudest in the room is not the same as being the smartest person in the room.

  • Omillio m
    Omillio m

    Thats Right goddamit !

  • Papa Sang
    Papa Sang

    He almost went full Denzel on this apology 😂

  • Kacey Jones
    Kacey Jones

    wish they would have put Zach LaVine on that list cuz he currently has 15 30pt games this season he was tied with Steph when this came but now he tied with Dam and it only been a week

  • vtownboxingfan

    Why Stephen A yellin' at me for? I voted for Dame! smdh

    • Rock girl
      Rock girl

      Steven A. Is a joke. The loudest in the room is not the same as being the smartest person in the room.

  • Bari413


  • Don peta Zaragomatuta
    Don peta Zaragomatuta

    Imagine espn without Stephen A

    • Rock girl
      Rock girl

      between Dame and Stephen Curry when it comes down to clutch points. 2:52​ Stephen A. makes his apology to Lillard.

  • Connor Caviness
    Connor Caviness

    Stephen A. just gets me everytime he says Poutland!!!! Not Portland, POUTLAND!!!!!!😂🤣

  • Fa'Sil Gu'à
    Fa'Sil Gu'à

    Stephen A. Going to roast Dame Time next week...just watch

    • bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt

      He’s really funny.

  • L A
    L A

    Black standards... Lets go!

  • Jaheem Williams
    Jaheem Williams

    Max need to stop it

  • Marvin Mitchell
    Marvin Mitchell

    Stephen A you can’t be mad about him not being talked about. We the viewers been knowing he was better than Russ. Y’all the media just now catching on after all these years

  • Nate Tuner
    Nate Tuner

    Man you dont no nothing dude@Stephen a Smith

  • j h
    j h

    Leave Westbrook out of this (🐐)

  • Marlon Robinson
    Marlon Robinson


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    • bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt

      Stephen A was about to say "He's a baaaadddd mann" he had to stop himself and he ended up saying " He's a biggg deal" 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Will Nelson
    Will Nelson

    The trailblazers have been decimated by injuries since dame been taking off years ago he literally has to raise the level role players and bail them out in crunchtime when they need a bucket hes the top of the list right now for me personally if i need someone to make a bucket with my life on the line. He literally cant have off games or they lose. my MVP!

    • bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt

      Damian Lillard is amazing. What, he has not made a deep playoff run???? He took Portland to the WCF LAST YEAR. 🤷‍♂️

  • Alex Caruso Junior.
    Alex Caruso Junior.

    You know Stephen A. Smith is bluffing when he started to stutter so you know when to believe him or not.

    • bouytt guyt
      bouytt guyt

      Love how people keep apologizing to Dame after the fact the All-Star starters are announced. He is literally a top 3-5 MVP candidate. C'mon. Happens every season

  • Darron Holmes
    Darron Holmes

    Stephen a smith a foo 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Quis Adams
    Quis Adams

    The chest slaps almost had me drop a tear finally some respeck on his name

  • Thomas Carter
    Thomas Carter


  • Darnell Lakes
    Darnell Lakes

    great take!

  • Xraided 559
    Xraided 559

    Stephen A is a hater

  • Arnold K
    Arnold K

    Love how people keep apologizing to Dame after the fact the All-Star starters are announced. He is literally a top 3-5 MVP candidate. C'mon. Happens every season

  • KJ

    About “Dame” time! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

  • Tarrence Bailey
    Tarrence Bailey

    It doesn't and shouldn't matter where he plays he's in the NBA and going at ALL of the elite NBA players and holding it down, the best NBA player ( whoever you think it is ) holds Dame in the highest regard and knows that they can't sleep on Dame . Dame is a threat to any and everybody he plays against and he doesn't get the respect and credit he deserves.

  • Peter

    2nd round playoff exit