Skip Bayless Rumors
Charles Barkley did two segments on the Dan Patrick Show this morning. When he was asked about Kevin Durant’s new beef with the media, Barkley started talking about the “clowns on the internet.” Then he went on a tangent about how most guys in the media are good guys at heart, but said that there are some “scumbags” like Peter Vecsey, Skip Bayless, and Phil Mushnick. Vecsey’s feud with Barkley dates way back, and Phil Mushnick was bashing Barkley’s ‘role model’ ad in the early 90’s. As for Bayless, Barkley has previously called him a “punk-ass” hater, and opined that the First Taker has “surpassed Vecsey as the biggest jackass in the history of journalism.”
Bill Simmons is serving a three-day Twitter suspension after sending tweets critical of ESPN’s “First Take.” Simmons blasted the ESPN program for the Richard Sherman vs. Skip Bayless feud. He told his 2 million followers to stop watching the show and called the segment “awful” and “embarrassing.” ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Thursday said the network declined to comment. This much is clear, however: ESPN is sending the message that nobody is exempt from its internal Twitter policies, which read: “At all times, exercise discretion, thoughtfulness and respect for colleagues, business associates and fans.”
Rod Benson: In basketball, the most athletic guys are sometimes the guys you never want to see on the floor when the game counts. The biggest guys are the most awkward, and generally end up in foul trouble. Sure, the appeal to be more athletic exists for all basketball players. But from my experience, some guys don’t even want to lift that hard or change their bodies much, because their games are so fine-tuned. There are a wide range of body types and levels of athleticism in the league, and if a guy is lacking something, he will be more likely to say “that’s not my game,” then he will be to take a PED. Just look at KD. Skinny. Dynamic. Awesome. Proud. Never going to try to body anyone, no matter how many times Skip Bayless says that’s the only thing lacking from his game. I know that there are many types of PEDs that can aid in anything ranging from injury rehab, to overall athleticism. So in theory, players could take something just to recover from a microfracture surgery. It just seems to me that all the basketball players I know don’t think that risk is worth it.
If you tuned into ESPN’s First Take earlier this week you heard Stephen A. Smith touting Howard over Bynum. Smith’s foil, Skip Bayless, maintains, as he did when Bynum was in Los Angeles, that Bynum is the better center. Shaquille, who seems to be fighting the angst that some athletes deal with (rather poorly) when the sun has set on his career, suggested that not only was Bynum better (debatable), but that Brook Lopez is also better (absurd) than Howard. The Sixers I’ve talked to are firmly in their teammate’s camp. This includes Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Dorell Wright and Jason Richardson (who has played with Howard). One of them even went as far to say that Bynum, who will be their first option rather than the third, as he was in Los Angeles, could average 25 points this season. The good thing about this is that, as far as the Sixers are concerned, what’s being said by others outside of their locker room hasn’t altered their opinion about their teammate, which should help them this season.
On Tuesday afternoon, Bayless and Durant got in a little Twitter feud, with Bayless calling Durant out first and suggesting James was using him. “Wake up, KD: LeBron is keeping his friends close and his enemy closer. You’re letting him OWN you,” Bayless tweeted. Durant, unhappy with the comment, replied with: “@RealSkipBayless u brainwashing these people out here, they think since you on espn you know what u talkin bout…please, nobody owns me,” Durant tweeted.
Remember when the Portland Trail Blazers drafted the 7-1 Meyers Leonard with the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NBA draft? Okay, when that occurred, Skip Bayless of ESPN’s First Take tweeted this out, “This is WAY too high for Meyers Leonard. Will never live up to 11th overall.” Of course I had to check in and see if Leonard was aware that he was called out by the easy-going Mr. Bayless. “I didn’t know that,” Leonard said to CSNNW.com. “Interesting. Well, he’s entitled to his own opinion. I’m just going to continue to work hard and be the best I can be. But, I didn’t know he said that.”
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was a guest on ESPNs First Take on Friday morning and took a number of shots at the media for the way they cover sports, and took no exception to singling out Skip Bayless, who hosts the show with Stephen A. Smith and Jay Crawford: “It’s not just Skip, it’s sports writers, sports media in general where everything is generalities, ‘excruciating pressure,’ what the hell is that?” “You guys like to talk in complete generalities, where nobody can question you, right? You don’t ever use facts, you don’t ever use substance. [Y]ou have the presumption where people actually care what you say. They don’t.”
Mark Cuban went on First Take this morning to debate ESPN’s biggest contrarian troll Skip Bayless. And it was an absolute bloodbath. Some quotes: “You don’t ever use facts, you don’t ever use substance.” “First of all, you have the presumption that people care what you say. They don’t.” He also just obliterates the notion that Miami “played harder” than OKC, and makes Skip go dead quiet when he explains how the Mavericks stopped LeBron James last year.
Jalen didn’t exactly do the digging himself. No, that was left to the fine folks at The Last Ogle, who found out that Bayless played only 15 of his teams 22 games during his senior year, and that no player on his squad scored fewer points than Bayless. Doesn’t exactly sound like a shot-happy point guard that learned his lesson the hard way, as Bayless claimed. Even in trying to make himself look like a cautionary tale, he still lied to his half a million Twitter followers just to make a silly point to feed the daily gasbag that is his needless talk show.
Bayless’ ESPN co-host Jalen Rose, after a bit of research of his own, took on Skip after Bayless claimed that he started as a shot-happy point guard for a high school team that made the state finals in Oklahoma. Bayless didn’t start for his high school squad, it turns out, and didn’t even play for the varsity until his senior season, when he averaged 1.4 points per game. Here’s the video of Rose calling a clearly uncomfortable Bayless out.