Second NBA Final in Three Years Without LeBron James and Skip Bayless is Missing Him Now

Published 07/07/2021, 2:15 AM 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 | Courtesy: Reuters


Lakers fans were left devastated when their franchise had a very early exit from the playoffs this season. After weaving dreams of grabbing a second straight title, the Lakers didn’t even reach anywhere near it. However, there were many avid NBA followers that were relieved when they were not title contenders anymore. In fact, nobody has seen people rooting for a team to lose as much as people did for the Lakers. One of them was, of course, LeBron James’ arch-nemesis Skip Bayless. But it seems like the tables have turned pretty quickly.

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Skip Bayless is missing LeBron James

The two teams fighting for the championship in the NBA Finals are the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. This wasn’t the ideal matchup on paper but they’ve proved themselves enough by coming so far. As Game 1 of their series was in full force, Skip kept himself glued to the game and even posted his opinions on Twitter as usual.

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He clearly picked sides and was on the side of the Phoenix Suns, praising Chris Paul time and again. In fact, he even questioned Milwaukee Bucks’ efficiency when Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the floor.

In the midst of it all, there was something unexpected on Skip’s wall. For a second it seemed like he was hacked and it read, “I miss LeBron”. 

Can you imagine one of Bron’s biggest critics posting something like this. So, as the Suns grabbed the first victory of the series, Bayless was busy missing LeBron James, who is missing the second NBA Final in three years.

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Can the Lakers make a better comeback next season?

For the Lakers to be anywhere near contention next season, a lot needs to be done. Not only do they have to focus on building a better roster around their dynamic duo, LeBron and Anthony Davis, they have to make sure they also keep them healthy.

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Like most teams, the Lakers weren’t immune to the injury plague this season. In fact, they struggled with it right from the regular season and were never the same again.

May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the fourth quarter of game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | Courtesy: Reuters

If LeBron wants Skip to not miss him the next time the NBA Finals take place, he needs to return fitter than ever. However, it doesn’t seem something impossible for Bron to achieve. He is one of the fittest athletes in the world, and everyone knows how much he takes care of his body. The tricky part will be to ensure the rest of them do the same.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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