Mark Cuban Demonstrates the Idiocy of Skip Bayless
Instead of just claiming that LeBron had a weak mindset, Cuban went deeper and looked at the actual context of the game. By doing that, he was able to provide a logical explanation for LeBron’s lackluster performance in the 2011 NBA Finals as well as insight, which is what viewers are trying to glean from the show.
Looking at this year’s finals, the Mavericks owner attacked Bayless for making another unfounded claim—that no player in the history of sports faced more pressure than LeBron did entering the 2012 NBA Finals.
In the video, Cuban alleges that is the stupidest thing he’s ever heard and he should feel that way. LeBron doesn’t have trouble sleeping at night because he’s worried what the sports media will say the next day if the Heat lose a game.
Furthermore, it is ridiculous that Bayless thinks that athletes like LeBron are concerned with what he thinks. Skip argues on the show that while LeBron shrunk under the pressure of the NBA Finals in 2011 that he raised his game in these NBA Finals by tuning him out and reading the Hunger Games trilogy before games.
But, Cuban rightfully points out that what some guy on ESPN 2 thinks doesn’t matter to athletes. All they need to do is get prepared to play, give their best, and that’s it.
Meanwhile, ESPN First Take and other members of the sports media should be the ones attempting to be more professional. They should try to base their arguments around facts rather than making outrageous claims that they think will gain attention.
What should happen in an episode after one of the games in the NBA Finals is Stephen A. and Skip should talk about why the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t play zone and they should analyze how LeBron was able to get in the lane.
Unfortunately, the way the show is set up right now—Bayless will talk about how LeBron is trying harder to get into the paint and Stephen A. will follow up by just yelling at the Thunder for letting LeBron penetrate the lane.
What good is that?
At the end of the day, it’s pretty obvious that Bayless and Stephen A. wouldn’t be able to fit on the type of show that utilizes proper analysis of sports. But it’s sad when a guest can come on the show even if he is a billionaire genius like Mark Cuban and demonstrate how poorly conceived and produced the show is in less than seven minutes.