This is Stephen A. Smith's responses to the Score 's questions for Raptors fans regarding his remarks made during the drafting of Charlie Villanueva. We are all waiting for these folllowing Charlie V. 's remarkable rookie season.
On messages he received from Raptors fans.
SAS : I got news for Toronto fans , I don't like them very much either. I don't give a damn how they feel about me. I 'm completely disgusted that somebody e mailed... and phone messages left in Philadelphia and the same nonsense. I specifically recalled saying that Charlie Villanueva will be a solid pro. I was talking about Rob Babcock and clearly the city of Toronto and the fans of the Raptors agreed with me . Why somebody will try to transfer that and twist my words in saying that I am trying to down Charlie Villanueva is beyond me. I don't have any idea why people have come to that conclusion, so because of that , trust me , I was not too fond of Toronto fans either .
To Charlie V's question on why he (SAS) he is the wrong choice for Toronto.
SAS : I got a lot of respect for the kid . The kid can play and has been a pleasant surprise. To answer his question , I did not think he is the right pick because Rob Babcock talked about having another power forward and how one of them can be be interchangeable at the center position. The reason why I grew to like him is not only that because knew he has skills because I knew he has skills. I was watching him at U Conn . Yes , I would support that pick now because how Sam Mitchell and Bryan Colangelo view Charlie Villanueva. They see pairing him with Chris Bosh at the forward position . No center position . That's not what I heard Rob Babcock talking about.
On future questions on the matter .
SAS : Any e mail I see about Charlie Villanueva , I simply erase them because I know these are from Toronto . Because I know they came from a bunch of fans who have misquoted me , who have misconstrued what I said and have absolutely have no idea whatsoever what I said and therefore what they're talking about and therefore I' m not going to waste my time entertaining that stuff. I chose to do this interview to clear the record straight. I can assure you this would be the last time that I will spend my time doing. I know what I said . I know what I meant. And Rob Babcock is gone whichs to prove the point I was making.
coach : I guess now you know now what A stands for.