This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6.
He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010, where he picks the Celtics over the Lakers (that came during the conference finals).
"SCHULTZ: Lakers all the way?SMITH: No. They`ll get to the final. There is no series. There is no western conference series. It`s the Lakers. They`re going to the finals. They will run roughshod over the Phoenix Suns. That`s over in five games. They`ll probably meet the Boston Celtics, who I`m predicting will take Orlando out in six games. And then I think the Boston Celtics, they are going to beat the Los Angeles Lakers, probably in seven."
The last time we could find a correct prediction? This tweet from 2009, where he correctly predicts the heavily-favored Lakers over Dwight Howard’s Orlando Magic team.