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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith finally fires back at Markieff Morris after famous butt-slap in playoffs on First Take

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith finally fires back at Markieff Morris after famous butt-slap in playoffs on First Take

The day after Markieff Morris landed the butt-slap heard round the world on Stephen A. Smith following John Wall's game-winning shot to beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their second round playoff series, Morris explained why he did it in a 1-on-1 interview with CSN. Morris' reasoning was very funny and we did our best to convey that he was joking.

For instance, check this quote as it was presented in the story:

"That's the only thing you can do other than hit him," he joked. "I would get in trouble for hitting him or doing anything. That's the only thing I can really do without hurting him."

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Over a month later, Smith has responded to Morris and it doesn't appear he thought the explanation was funny at all. Last week, he had something to say to Morris during a discussion about Paul Millsap's free agency. Here's how the conversation went on ESPN's First Take:

Stephen A. Smith: "Here’s the thing about Paul Millsap. Paul Millsap can ball. Markieff Morris out of the Washington Wizards tried to convince us otherwise. That’s when he slapped me on my backside. It was fun, alright go ahead and do that.  I didn’t take offense to it. You know what I’m saying?"

Max Kellerman: "He put a little extra on that."

Stephen A. Smith: "When I saw the quotes afterwards, let me say to Markieff Morris: ‘Don’t ever touch me again, bro. Don’t ever touch me again.’ I ain’t playing. I thought he was playing. When I saw the quotes thereafter, you touch me again then it’s gonna be a problem. That’s all I’m gonna say. Let me get back to this Paul Millsap point. He was upset because I like Markieff Morris and I know he can play. And obviously I’m not threatening anything physical, he would kill me. The point I’m trying to make is just don’t put your hands on me."

You can watch the exchange right here. It begins at the 1:15 mark:

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As you can see in his last quote, Smith made sure to walk it back slightly to ensure Morris didn't take it the wrong way. Morris is, after all, a 6-foot-10 NBA enforcer. That is not a good matchup for a television analyst in his late 40s.

Morris caught wind of Smith's comments and took to Twitter to respond:

Yeah, those problems are probably not wanted. We'll see if this beef goes anywhere from here. In the meantime, let's go ahead and enjoy Morris' slap one more time:

[RELATED: 5 things to know about new Wizards guard Jodie Meeks]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have the urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

Listen to our full interview with Jeff Green on the Wizards Tipoff Podcast: