Skip Bayless creates new nickname for LeBron James -Twitter reacts

Joshua Rogers May 12, 2021
Skip Bayless creates new nickname for LeBron James -Twitter reacts
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Skip Bayless created a new nickname for Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on Tuesday night. During the Lakers vs Knicks game, Skip shared the new nickname on Twitter, and people loved it.

The Los Angeles Lakers overcame the NY Knicks in overtime on Tuesday, defeating their Eastern Conference rival 101-99.

Talen Horton-Tucker drilled a 25-foot three-pointer to give the Lakers the lead with 21 seconds left in the game.

LeBron James sat out the action, however, according to reports he is eyeing a return against Houston on Wednesday.

Despite LeBron observing from the sidelines, that didn’t stop Skip Bayless from poking fun at the reigning Finals MVP.

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LeBron James and Skip Bayless: a short history

It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between LeBron James and Skip Bayless.

Skip co-hosts FS1’s ‘Skip and Shannon: Undisputed’ with Shannon Sharpe, and has been critical of LeBron for a number of years.

Bayless has often maligned LeBron’s ‘clutch’ gene in the past, as well as his average free throw shooting percentage.

The host often brings up James’ ‘no-show’ in the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks, and is quick to highlight his deficiencies and Finals losses in comparison with Michael Jordan.

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Skip Bayless recently ridiculed LeBron for not suiting up to play the Lakers’ final stretch of games.

The Lakers are in danger of getting sucked into the upcoming play-in tournament and Skip thinks it’s “weak” for James to remain out during such a pivotal moment in the Lakers season.

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Skip calls LeBron ‘LeAnkle’

Bayless was at it again on Tuesday night during the Lakers vs Knicks game.

While highlighting Kyle Kuzma’s stellar first half display, Skip referred to LeBron as ‘LeAnkle’ – in reference to no.23’s ongoing injury problems.

Even LeBron fans were quick to credit Skip with the witty nickname.

LeBron admits he’ll never get back to 100% health

LeBron, a 4 times NBA champion, has been dealing with ankle injuries throughout the entire season. His absence, among other key players such as Anthony Davis, is largely why the Lakers find themselves seventh in the Western Conference.

LeBron himself recently admitted that, at the age of 36, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be 100% again.

Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN, he said: “I knew I wasn’t going to get back to 100%.

“It’s impossible. I don’t think I will ever get back to 100% in my career.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.