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What did Skip Bayless say about LeBron? Skip Bayless ridicules LeBron James after Lakers fall to play-in tournament

Joshua Rogers May 17, 2021
What did Skip Bayless say about LeBron? Skip Bayless ridicules LeBron James after Lakers fall to play-in tournament
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What did Skip Bayless say about LeBron? Skip Bayless ridicules LeBron James after the Lakers fall to the play-in tournament despite Sunday’s victory against the Pelicans. The Fox Sports analyst took to Twitter to ridicule LeBron – here’s what he said.

The 2020-21 NBA season is in the books and for the Lakers that means a trip to the play-in tournament.

Despite beating the Pelicans 110-98 on Sunday night, Portland’s 132-116 win over Denver means it’s the Trail Blazers who clinch the sixth seed in the West.

The play-in round begins on Tuesday in the Eastern Conference, with the Lakers and Warriors battling it out for the No.7 seed in the West on Wednesday.

It means LeBron will face off against Steph Curry, whom James called the MVP last night.

After the Lakers dropped to the play-in, Skip Bayless was on hand to ridicule LeBron, as you’d expect.

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LeBron appears to re-tweak ankle injury against the Pelicans

LeBron James has been struggling with his ankle for most of the season, and he looked to re-tweak it against the Pelicans on Sunday.

The incident occurred midway through the fourth quarter when James went up for a layup off a spin move. He landed awkwardly and left the game afterwards, leaving Lakers fans worried about his chances of playing against the Warriors in the play-in.

Fortunately for the Lakers, both coach Frank Vogel and James himself confirmed that the ankle was fine.

“It was a tweak,” James said. “I stepped on [Nickeil] Alexander-[Walker]’s foot on the way down after that last layup, but I’ll be fine.” 

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Skip Bayless ridicules LeBron and the Lakers for dropping to the play-in tournament

At least one person appeared to revel in the LeBron’s struggles: Skip Bayless.

The Fox Sports analyst was on a tear last night during the action, providing a play by play account of the night’s action on Twitter.

He started the evening off by commenting on how strong the Lakers lineup looked, before stating that he thought LeBron’s ankle looked ‘1000%’.

As the night unfolded, and the Lakers seemed destined for the play-in, Skip began to sound more and more excited.

He also turned on LeBron, claiming it was his fault for retweaking his ankle as he should have taken himself out of the game earlier.

After it became official that the Lakers would indeed be in the play-off tournament, Skip poked fun at LeBron for backtracking on his opinion.

Originally, LeBron seemed to be a supporter of the idea, but recently, as the Lakers have been sucked closer and closer towards it, he appears to have backtracked, recently saying that whoever came up with the idea should be fired.

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Skip then ended the his commentary by uploading a video of himself criticising LeBron for still being in the game and not taking himself out.

He said he ‘blamed’ LeBron James for what happened.

Check it out:

Portland claims sixth seed

The Lakers did what they needed to do, but unfortunately for them, so too did the Trail Blazers.

Behind CJ McCollum’s 24 points, Portland ran out comfortable 132-116 winners against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

Damian Lillard recorded 22 points and 10 assists while Jusuf Nurkic added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Nuggets and Trail Blazers will now face each other in the first round of the playoffs.

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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.