Despite his three NBA titles, three Finals' MVPs, four league MVPs and 12 All-Star Game selections, LeBron James always seems to draw stinging criticism from Skip Bayless.
On Wednesday's episode of his Undisputed show on Fox Sports 1, Bayless ripped King James for once again stating that he's chasing Michael Jordan's legacy.
The longtime, outspoken sports personality was quick to bring up Jordan's 6-0 Finals' record to James's 3-4 Finals' record to illustrate how the King isn't even close.
"He's chasing Michael Jordan's legacy as if he still has a realistic shot of passing that legacy, and I don't even want to talk about the fact that LeBron is now 3-4 in NBA Finals," Bayless began saying. "Michael Jordan was merely 6-0 with six MVPs in the Finals. I don't even want to talk about that."
Bayless added: "Look, I want to be very clear — LeBron James is clearly an all-time great talent. If you want to put him in the top five, top seven, wherever you want to put him, I'm OK with that. But this is all-time delusional to me because this game was over a long, long time ago. LeBron James disqualified himself twice in a row in his last playoff series in Cleveland against Boston and in his first NBA Finals — you'll remember this well — in Miami versus Dallas.
And that was only the beginning of his scathing hot take against LeBron chasing MJ's legacy, as Bayless proceeded to give examples of how King James disappeared during various playoff series over the course of his ongoing career.
Bayless's statements came in response to James telling the Associated Press on Monday that chasing Jordan's legacy remains a "personal goal."
"If you work for any company or you work for any designer or anywhere, you're like, 'Oh, I aspire to be that guy because he's done it right.' He's the greatest and that's who you look at," James explained. "So that's always been my personal goal, to use the motivation he gave me as a kid and I'll use it as motivation now as well that I want to get to where he is. That's never changed. People kind of wanted to turn it into a conversation, but that's my personal goal and that's where I land at."
Prior to this, James had told Sports Illustrated last month that he's chasing the ghost of Jordan for newfound motivation and that if he can ever put himself "in position to be the greatest player, that would be something extraordinary."
Is Bayless being overly critical of King James or do you think that LeBron needs at least three more rings to tie MJ to make this a legitimate chase?
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