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Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches Take a Dig at LeBron James

Published 05/03/2020, 2:16 AM EDT

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Former coaches had a few words against LeBron James. And unsurprisingly, it was Skip Bayless who had the words to criticize LeBron James once again. On Saturday, he tweeted another critique of the Los Angeles Lakers star, quoting his former coaches.

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In the tweet, he mentioned James’ former assistant coach Mike Malone and former head coach David Blatt. Malone became the assistant coach of Cleveland Cavaliers two years after James started his career with them. He stayed with the Cavaliers till 2010. Bayless recalled Malone saying LeBron doesn’t have the “killer mentality” like Michael Jordan.

Another coach Bayless quoted was the former head coach of Cavaliers. He was the Cavaliers’ coach during James’ second stint with the team. He coached the team for just two years, as the Cavaliers fired him in 2016 just before they won the Championship. Bayless tweeted that Blatt believed Jordan was more a team player than James and that he never had to chase Championships.


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“Mike Malone, an asst coach on LeBron’s Cavs, says LBJ doesn’t have Jordan’s “killer mentality.” & David Blatt, LBJ’s head coach in Clev, says Jordan didn’t have to chase championships/co-stars (all 6 in Chi) & that MJ was about “us” instead of “I.” LEBRON’S COACHES SAID THIS,” the tweet from Bayless read.

LeBron James near the bottom of Bayless’ top 10

This is not the first time Bayless has raised his voice against LeBron James. Whenever he had an opportunity, he has always chosen Jordan ahead of James as the greatest player of all-time. He has previously talked about Jordan’s playoff performances to put him ahead in the race.

In his latest appearance on the Undisputed, he picked a list of top 10 players of all-time, which didn’t have James anywhere near the top. He didn’t even make Bayless’ starting five. The starting five had three Lakers stars- Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar- apart from Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan.


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There was a difference in his top 10 players and starting five. While naming the top 10 players, he did not have Bryant at seventh. However, he made it to the starting five. Michael Jordan, unsurprisingly, topped Bayless’ list of top ten players of all-time.

Skip Bayless’ top ten-


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Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neil, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, LeBron James, and Wilt Chamberlain

While Bayless has always been vocal of James’ criticism, it is an interesting point to consider that former coaches at Cleveland had words against him.

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