‘Congrats King’ – Skip Bayless Wastes No Time to Mock LeBron James as Lakers Begin Playoffs

Published 05/23/2021, 5:02 PM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers begin their playoff journey tonight. The Lakers enter the playoffs as the seventh seed, securing that spot by defeating the Golden State Warriors in the play-in tournament. Now, they take on the Phoenix Suns, who are the second seed this year. LeBron James continues to recover from his injury but is looking better with each passing game. And against the Suns, LeBron James got off to a hot start.

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Skip Bayless takes shots at LeBron James…again

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James started the game strong, making three out of his four field goals against the Phoenix Suns. Of these field goals, two were threes that James often struggles with.

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James started the game strong with eight points. But as success follows James, as does his biggest critic Skip Bayless. Bayless took to Twitter to sarcastically praise James for his hot star, mocking him by using great hyperbole.

“LEBRON IS NOW 3-4 (2-2 FROM THREE!) WHILE PLAYING ON “ONE LEG.” IT’S A MIRACLE! NO HUMAN HAS EVER PULLED OFF SUCH A FEAT. CONGRATS, KING. JORDAN IS NOW A DISTANT SECOND GREATEST.”

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Skip Bayless has made a career out of being LeBron James’ harshest critic. He often finds ways to blame LeBron James, whether he is at his best or his worst.

Bayless has been a popular sports commentator for his long time, but he’s known best for his outlandish and entertaining critiques of LeBron James. James has never acknowledged Bayless or his criticism, but insiders have suggested that he has heard the man speak before.

James looking to find his form

For LeBron James, this series is an opportunity to find his composure. James is coming off a high ankle sprain, the most significant injury of his career.

Since his return, James has looked good, but it is clear that he is still not 100%. That became apparent during the Lakers’ narrow win over the Golden State Warriors.

Over the course of the series against the Phoenix Suns, LeBron can find his form once again and get in the groove for a deep playoff run.

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May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets a high five from forward Anthony Davis (3) after a foul in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Can LeBron James lead the Los Angeles Lakers back to the NBA championship? He will have his work cut out for him.

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Furthermore, their success depends greatly on James’ health so far. And until he can come close to being fully healthy, there will be doubts about their chances.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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