Inside The NBA Dedicates About 10 Minutes To Election Reaction

Ford Springer | Entertainment Reporter

During their pregame coverage of the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat, the “Inside The NBA” crew spent about ten minutes talking about their reactions to Donald Trump being named president-elect.

Inside The NBA (Photo credit: Screenshot/YouTube NBATV24)

Inside The NBA (Photo credit: Screenshot/YouTube NBATV24)

None of the men on the four-man NBA show supported the Republican nominee and cited similar reasons as to why. However, all of them agreed that it is time for America to accept Trump as the next president, respect democracy and keep on keeping on.

Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaq all communicated their shock at the results but ultimately support Trump going forward. Show host Ernie Johnson took it to another level.

“I was in shock, I’m not gonna lie. I was totally surprised at the election results. That being said, you know. we’ve got to move on,” Barkley said. “It’s over now. He’s going to be the President of the United States. We have to respect the office and we have to give him a chance.”

“Somebody always loses an election. We’ve been fortunate we won the last couple with President Obama. We didn’t win this one. But like I say, I respect the office of the President of the United States and we have to give him a chance,” he continued.

“It’s kind of hard to believe that a guy with no political experience is the President of the United States. That’s what’s really hard to believe,” Shaq said. But he agreed with Barkley and said “we have to give him a chance to do his job.”

“You know candidate Trump made a lot of promises. Now we just hope that President-Elect Trump, soon to be President Trump, hopefully he can make this world a better place to live in.”

“You can’t be naive to think that anybody who voted for him is a racist or narcissist or any kind of ‘ism’,” Smith began. “But you still have to acknowledge that he made so many of those misogynistic, racist remarks, and narcissistic remarks.”

Those remarks were Smith’s primary reason for not voting for Trump. But “you know I’ve been an NBA player and a black man for a long time and I know how to take a loss. And I know how to get up from a loss and go.”

And after all of that, they talked some basketball.

Ford Springer

Entertainment Reporter


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