ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is no stranger to hate from fans of the San Antonio Spurs. When discussing about the NBA MVP, Skip Bayless picked Tony Parker as his pick for league MVP while Smith picked Lebron James. To some, it might be a surprise that Smith did give Parker some props on his play, but it may be seen as a "back handed" compliment. He goes on saying that the reason Parker's play is attributed to Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich's scheme while making it sound James is playing by himself.
Parker has a mix of young players and veterans around him, but no one able to dominate on both ends of the floor for a whole game or series in the playoffs. Lebron James has the benefit of playing alongside a top shooting guard and player in the league in Dwayne Wade and a good big man in Chris Bosh.
Click on the video below to hear all of Smith's comments on ESPN's First Take.