NBA: What did Stephen A. Smith say about fan Nav Bhatia being inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Joshua Rogers May 20, 2021
NBA: What did Stephen A. Smith say about fan Nav Bhatia being inducted into the Hall of Fame?
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What did Stephen A. Smith say about the Hall of Fame fan? ESPN’s First Take host sounded off on the recent news that Toronto Raptors fan Nav Bhatia has been inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. Here’s what Stephen A. Smith said about Nav Bhatia.

Toronto Raptors fan Nav Bhatia inducted into Hall of Fame

Toronto Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia was recently inducted into the the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bhatia is officially the first fan to be immortalised in the Hall of Fame, having sat ourtside at nearly every Raptors home game since 1995.

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Bhatia said on social media:

“In the greatest building basketball has, the name Superfan Nav Bhatia will be immortalized. There is now a turban and the first fan honoured within Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I am overcome with emotions today.”

In 2018, Bhatia founded his own organization, the Nav Bhatia Superfan Foundation, which unites people through the game of basketball. He even has his own 2019 Raptors NBA championship ring.

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Stephen A. Smith on fans being voted to the Hall of Fame

First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith was on the show today and was asked what he thought about fans being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Smith was less than impressed, sharing the clip to Twitter with the caption: ‘Hell NO! A fan shouldn’t be inducted into the Hall of Fame!’

Check it out:

Twitter responds to Stephen A. Smith’s take on Nav Bhatia

People flooded the comments section of the post, although opinions were mixed.

Some thought Stephen. A had a point, and that fans should not be voted into the Hall of Fame, while others said fans deserve the recognition just as much as players.

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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.