Charles Barkley Roasts LeBron James’ Biggest Critic: “I Hate Skip Bayless. I Think He’s the King of Sh*t”

Published 12/18/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Detroit Pistons in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


As one of the NBA’s biggest stars, LeBron James receives a lot of attention in the media which reacts to his every move. LeBron remains the focus of media scrutiny both on the basketball court and off the court. This media spotlight on LeBron is often positive, but also sometimes malignant in nature. A former NBA star recently came to LeBron’s defense against a vocal critic of the Los Angeles Lakers star.

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NBA legend Charles Barkley defended LeBron James against one of his most outspoken critics in the media. Barkley criticized Skip Bayless, a known critic of LeBron, on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’. He expressed his disdain for Bayless, who he described as a T.V. personality rejecting the consequences of his words.

HOBE SOUND, FLORIDA – MAY 24: Charles Barkley commentates from the booth during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 24, 2020 in Hobe Sound, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match)

Barkley said, “Yeah, but I think the main thing is there are no consequences. There are zero consequences. Like I always laugh when these guys pick like, you know everybody knows I hate Skip Bayless. Because I think he is the king of, ‘I’m just gonna say sh*t, so people will say, they gonna go crazy on me.’ “

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He added saying, “But for me what drives me crazy is like he has missed nine out of 10 games and then he’ll brag about the one upset he got right out of those 10 games. Like, ‘I told you, that team was gonna upset us.’ Like, yo man, you missed the other nine games.”

Barkley himself enjoyed a 16-year stint in the NBA and experienced criticism too for his lack of an NBA title. LeBron is a four-time NBA champion and also won the NBA MVP award four times. With the Lakers, he most recently won the 2020 NBA title.

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Skip Bayless disregards LeBron James’ MVP contribution

LeBron James’ criticism by Skip Bayless on his previous show ‘First Take’, alongside Stephen A. Smith, rocketed the show to notoriety. Bayless, however, left that show in June 2016. He now stars on his show called, ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’ along with Shannon Sharpe. The show debuted on September 6, 2016.

CLEVELAND, OH – MARCH 20: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates after scoring the game-tying basket in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Heat defeated the Cavaliers 98-95. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

On ‘First Take’, Bayless and Smith once argued that LeBron was not deserving of the NBA’s MVP award back in 2012. It is still considered one of Bayless’ most bizarre opinions considering LeBron’s MVP qualities that season. To LeBron’s credit, he won the MVP award, then won the NBA title with the Miami Heat that season, and was the NBA Finals MVP in the 2011-12 season.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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