“Phony GOAT”: Skip Bayless Takes Another Dig at Lakers’ LeBron James

Published 08/23/2021, 10:47 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


NBA superstar LeBron James has silenced the white noise time and again, steamrolling oppositions on his way to win multiple championships. And while in that process he won over millions of fans, Skip Bayless remains the one analyst who continues to be outspoken in his total disregard for James. Is it sheer bias? What else can it be, when Bayless is relentless in his biased criticism on social media?

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However, LeBron’s kept his calm these past few years, treating it as what it is, white noise! In his latest jibe, Bayless took yet another shot at the James vs Jordan GOAT debate, calling the former the “phony GOAT” who banks on social media to make his case for the crown.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) holds up four fingers after winning his fourth NBA championship after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. 

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Is he right? In fact, LeBron has been recently active on Twitter and Instagram, firing back at his doubters! However, Michael Jordan never had Twitter in his era! If he did, bet the 401k he’d have a lot to say, as he once did back in 1993.

What If LeBron James and Michael Jordan overlapped?

Skip is officially a LeBron hater. Hosting the popular morning debate show ‘Undisputed’ on Fox Sports 1, Skip Bayless, responding to Shannon Sharpe said – “If Michael Jordan had overlapped with LeBron in this current era, Michael Jordan would’ve averaged 40 PPG with these rules where you cannot hand check.” 

Referring to MJ’s exploits vs a violent team like Detroit in the late 80s, it took sheer will to pull through those series. Arguably the toughest of MJ’s career, those matchups against the Bad Boy Pistons saw the implementation of Chuck Daly’s ‘Jordan Rules’ making it difficult for him to score.

Based on that line of thought, Skip believes today’s defense would’ve been way too easy for a player who knew how to break the triangle offense!

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While LeBron James‘ posts on social media get rather animated by the day, he doesn’t hold back in using Twitter to voice his opinion! And even though he has received some flak about his candid approach on Twitter, does he really care? In a repeat of the 2019-20 season, James is already embracing the #WashedKing tag.

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Fact is, this debate will never cease to end, unless LeBron or MJ themselves duel it out on the hardwood. And since that’s out of the question, one could debate till the end of time, yet yielding no fruit. Truth is, no Jordan/LeBron loyalist is bound to be swung around anytime soon!

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Nikhil Naik

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Nikhil Naik is an NBA writer at EssentialySports. Having completed his bachelor's degree in Hospitality, he has worked with the Indian Hotels Company Limited, at the Taj in Mumbai. Nikhil has been playing basketball since 2014.

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