Dallas' Theo Pinson sounds off on ESPN reporter over viral Chris Paul interview

Joshua Rogers May 3, 2022
Dallas' Theo Pinson sounds off on ESPN reporter over viral Chris Paul interview
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Dallas Mavericks player Theo Pinson sounded off on ESPN NBA reporter Dave McMenamin after a Chris Paul interview went viral.

The Phoenix Suns took on the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday. The No.1 Suns made pretty light work of the No.4-seeded Mavericks, despite Luka Doncic’s 45 points, winning 121-114.

Point God himself Chris Paul had a steady if not spectacular night, scoring 19 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists.

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Chris Paul gives props to Theo Pinson and others in postgame interview

Immediately after the game, Chris Paul spoke to ESPN’s NBA reporter Dave McMenamin about how things played out. McMenamin asked Paul what kind of challenge Doncic presented, to which the Suns guard reminded him that it’s not just Luka they have to worry about.

Paul then listed a number of Dallas players he respected, including Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock and Theo Pinson.

People on social media shared footage of the interview, giving props to Paul for showing respect to the opposition players.

Theo Pinson claps back at reporter Dave McMenamin

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard/small forward Theo Pinson caught wind of the interview and wasn’t all that pleased with McMenamin.

The former Tar Hell quote retweeted the video, writing: ‘I don’t know who this reporter is but let’s get one thing straight just because you don’t play in the game doesn’t mean you can’t play goofy! I’m in the league for a reason and I’m not just speaking for myself either plenty of guys can go that don’t play.’

It’s not exactly clear what Pinson was unhappy with. When Paul mentioned his name, McMenamin appears to reply saying, ‘he wasn’t on the court’.

Although Pinson didn’t see a minute of action, perhaps he took offense at the reporter implying he wasn’t contributing in some way.

McMenamin clearly didn’t intend to offend the Mavs star, and replied with an apology:

Pinson played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels where he was the starting shooting guard for the Tar Heels’ 2017 NCAA championship team.

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, he spent time with the Nets and Knicks before signing with the Maine Celtics of the NBA G League in 2021.

On 20 December 2021 Pinson signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. In January 2022 he signed a two-way contract with the team.

Who do you see winning the series? Will Phoenix get the job done or can Dallas cause a serious upset? Let us know in the comments!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.