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Skip Bayless has been kind of quiet with regards to LeBron James ever since leaving ESPN to join Fox Sports 1 back in June. LeBron pretty much shut him up when he won a title with the Cavaliers during the 2016 NBA Finals.
But on Skip's new show
First Take on Fox Sports Undisputed on Wednesday morning, Skip and his new co-host Shannon Sharpe talked about LeBron for one of the first times this NBA season. Specifically, they spoke about an interview LeBron did with the Associated Press on Monday that featured him talking about how it's his "personal goal" to match Michael Jordan's legacy. As expected, this did not sit well with Skip—who is obviously still anti-LeBron, despite his recent silence on him—and it led to a three-minute rant that included Skip speaking on how he doesn't think LeBron will ever be able to match MJ.
You can watch Skip go off in the clip above, or you can read a full transcript of what he had to say below:
He's chasing Michael Jordan's legacy as if he still has a realistic shot of passing that legacy, and I don't even want to talk about the fact that LeBron is now 3-4 in NBA Finals. Michael Jordan was merely 6-0 with six MVPs in the Finals. I don't even want to talk about that.
Look, I want to be very clear, LeBron James is clearly an all-time great talent. If you want to put him in the top five, top seven, wherever you want to put him, I'm okay with that. But this is all-time delusional to me because this game was over a long, long time ago. LeBron James disqualified himself twice in a row in his last playoff series in Cleveland against Boston and in his first NBA Finals—you'll remember this well—in Miami versus Dallas.
Do you remember those two? Do you remember what happened in Games 4, 5, and 6 against the Boston Celtics? His final go-round as a Cleveland Cavalier. He disappeared in ways I've never seen a superstar disappear to the point that some members of his entourage whispered in the ears of media members that somehow LeBron was sedated in that series because of a personal issue off the court that involved his basketball team and his mother. Do you remember this? And I'm like, "What!? That's why he disappeared in Games 4, 5 and 6 as they collapsed against those Celtics?"
Then, fast forward to the first go-round with the Miami Heat. The Big Three versus the Dallas Mavericks. They were big favorites in that series. They go up two games to one and the Chosen One turned into the Frozen One in ways I have never seen a superstar shrink on the national stage! Inexplicably, LeBron just couldn't play anymore in Games 4, 5, and 6. Here we went again and I said, "I've never seen a mentally weaker superstar in all my time of watching sports."
And yet, he obviously redeemed himself somewhat because they broke through the next year against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the young Oklahoma City Thunder. And he's had his moments. He's won three. He's lost four. But, I ask you, did Michael Jordan ever disappear in any round of the playoffs? Even when he was trying to fight through Detroit's Bad Boy Pistons, or Larry Bird's Boston Celtics? Did he ever just disappear? Did anybody ever just say, 'Boy, Michael Jordan had a bad series against the Celt...' Nobody ever said that!
Then LeBron, in 2014—after the greatest clutch shot I've ever seen in the history of the world by Ray Allen saved LeBron's legacy in 2013—in 2014, my San Antonio Spurs blew LeBron James' Heat team off the floor by a record Finals margin. And I ask you, Shannon Sharpe, did Michael Jordan ever get blown off the floor—his team—by any record margin in any round of the playoffs? No! Sorry LeBron, you're disqualified from even bringing up Michael Jordan!"
We look forward to hearing this argument brought out again during the 2017 NBA Finals, the rest of LeBron's career, at LeBron's Hall of Fame ceremony, at both players' funerals, and probably even later on today. Anyway, if you want to hear Sharpe's response to all of this, here's his rebuttal: