Skip Bayless has been critical of LeBron James during these NBA Finals. That will shock no one; Bayless found a way to bash James even in the years when he won titles.
LeBron has put forth monumental individual performances, and almost stole a game on the road by himself with his 51-point outburst in game one of the series. The Cavaliers are nowhere near as deep or talented as the Warriors. It is because of LeBron that they have been in it late in two of the three games so far.
And yet, it is not enough for the FS1 provocateur. After game two, a decisive Golden State win, ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups said that LeBron "looked a little tired," a notion that Bayless ran with to bash James in comparison to Michael Jordan.
Bayless is right about one thing: he definitely covered Jordan in those NBA Finals. And guess what? He bashed His Airness for being tired.
The internet never forgets.
That column came after Game 5 of the 1998 NBA Finals between Jordan's Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz. Karl Malone and John Stockton's team outlasted the Bulls 83-81 in that one, to cut Chicago's lead to 3-2.
It was a pretty average performance for Jordan, by his extremely high standards. He scored 28 points, but was only 9-for-26 from the field, doing much of his damage at the free throw line, where he was 10-for-11.
Even with that lackluster performance, it would probably be more accurate to point to Scottie Pippen being held to 6 points as the main reason for the loss. And still, the Bulls bounced back to win Game 6 87-86, behind 45 from Jordan in a historic effort.
As always, never look for fairness or objectivity when it comes to Skip Bayless discussing LeBron James.
He will bend over backwards to bash the NBA superstar, even if it leads to comical moments like this. Don't expect James to lead the Cavs all the way back, as the Warriors are just much better as a whole, but if he does, Bayless will still find a way to knock him.