When Skip Bayless talks, most people take it with a grain of salt, to put it mildly. A few days ago, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban expressed his displeasure of having to listen to him, saying his 2-year-old son can spit better knowledge about the NBA than Bayless.
Bayless saw or “heard” about the tweet and challenged Cuban to say what is on his mind, face to face, and Cuban gladly accepted the challenge.
So here is what we know about Cuban: he appreciates the intricacies of the game, meaning he doesn’t care for what Bayless has to say. He made that notion perfectly clear with a rather mean-spirited comment.
“Well first of all, you have the presumption that people care what you say. They don’t.”
Ouch. Without a doubt, Cuban got the better of this exchange. In fact, it wouldn’t be out of line to say that Bayless was embarrassed on his own show as he got called out for making generalizing comments such as “excruciating pressure”, “which team wants it more” and “need of leadership”, rather than use concrete facts and substance to break down a game.
Bayless, ignoring Cuban’s point of emphasis, continued with generalities and asked, “who played harder in the last five games? Miami did every game. LeBron played harder than Kevin Durant did, four straight games.” Of course, Cuban bashed the idea, calling it “the most ridiculous thing any sportswriter has ever said”.
Cuban displayed his knowledge of defensive structures and schemes, and even described what the Mavericks did to minimize LeBron James in the Finals last season. Hopefully, Bayless learned something from the billionaire, not that it really matters. After all, his main job is to bring in the viewers and the ratings – something he is very good at doing.
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