LeBron James looked exhausted at times during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 2 loss at Oracle Arena on Sunday night.
James has been incredulous in Cleveland’s deep playoff run. In his past four postseason games games—two against the Golden State Warriors and two versus the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals—he has averaged 41.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists in a whopping 46.5 minutes per game.
LeBron James looked fatigued in Game 2 of the Finals. — by Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group
Given those gaudy numbers, his usage rate on the court and lack of rest, James should be tired.
Don't tell that to Fox Sports 1 Analyst Skip Bayless, who has spent much of the past decade hating on James and diminishing the many accomplishments of the greatest player of the 21st century. Bayless mocked how James was called tired by ESPN Analyst and former NBA player Chauncey Billups and asserted NBA icon Michael Jordan would never be labeled tired.
Interestingly enough, Jordan actually was called “tired” twenty years ago—by none other than Bayless himself in a column he wrote during the 1998 NBA Finals.
Twitter users took notice and exposed Bayless.
That is some poetic justice right there. Bayless tried desperately to pedal the Jordan/James storyline, and it backfired. He must not have remembered writing that column, but people (aided by some quick research) don’t forget, Skip. People don’t forget.