It's Skip Bayless' final day at ESPN.
The hot take artist is taking his talents to Fox Sports. His final First Take broadcast is set for 10 a.m. E.T. on ESPN2.
Bayless' departure from the World Wide Leader appears to have prompted some of his soon-to-be-former colleagues to criticize his opinions more freely. It started Sunday night, after Game 7 of the NBA Finals, when Scott Van Pelt and others basically bashed his constant LeBron James hating.
Why weren't ESPN personalities doing stuff like this throughout Bayless' tenure?
Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell discussed this on ESPN's Russillo & Kanell on Monday afternoon.
Here's their conversation, which occurred toward the end of their third hour.
"The problem is, when you disagree with Skip, you're like not allowed to, and then he gets mad at you about it. So nobody wants to deal with it. And that's why, when the LeBron stuff comes up, if you are going to be so clearly, like, doctoring the results, to keep pushing you don't like LeBron or you don't think he's any good, then go ahead and keep doing it. It's clearly great for business. But you can't get mad at other opinion people for being like, 'well that's just insane and I don't even know if you believe it.' And that's always been my point with any of that stuff," Russillo said.
"And isn't there a time when you just have to go, I was wrong. And isn't that time after the NBA Finals when LeBron just, was so dominant?" Kanell said.
"But that's not good for business. It's not good for business. You're right, Danny, but it's not good for business. And you know what? Business is good. So I respect that part of it. But we're all big boys. We all say stuff. And all of us, because we're opinion guys, disagree with each other all the time. But when you disagree with Skip, it gets handled a different way. And a lot of us are just like, whatever. So that's why we never bring it up," Russillo said.
"Well, we don't have to worry about it anymore," Kanell said.
Russillo and Kanell weren't the only national ESPN radio hosts to bring up Bayless on Monday.
Dan Le Batard also discussed Bayless' hating on James' following his third NBA championship, his first in Cleveland.
"I'm sitting there watching that last night and I'm like, there's no way to discredit this performance," LeBatard said. "There it is (referring to Skip)."
"What more would you like? Explain to me in fiction what more you would like than leading in all five of the categories for both teams and no one's ever done that in the history of the sport in any playoff round in any playoff length. It's bullet proof."
"Average 100 points a game? Skip would still find a way to criticize it."
Will you be missing Bayless at ESPN? Or watching him at his new home at Fox Sports?
His final First Take show will broadcast from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.