Skip Bayless explains why LeBron’s latest hurdle over Michael Jordan is ‘thoroughly unimpressive’

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In his reaction to LeBron James eclipsing Michael Jordan's record of 866 consecutive games with 10+ points, Skip Bayless reveals to Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor why The King's latest historical accomplishment doesn't mean much because the only record that truly counts is MJ's ring total. Do you agree with Skip?

- Now, to what I'm most offended bout-- offended about so far on this show--

SHANNON SHARPE: What?

- --is you celebrating as we opened the show.

SHANNON SHARPE: [LAUGHS]

- And I believe you were celebrating--

SHANNON SHARPE: What I celebrating?

- 800. And what's he up to now?

- 68.

- 68.

- Yeah, yeah.

- But really it was 67 that passed Michael Jordan on Friday night--

SHANNON SHARPE: Mhm.

- --against Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in LeBron's house. 867--

SHANNON SHARPE: Yeah.

- --past Michael Jordan. Can you please explain to me how you can put any stock in that, please? Because you can't put any stock in it.

- So why the hell am I--

SKIP BAYLESS: It's thoroughly-- as I tweeted, it's thoroughly unimpressive.

SHANNON SHARPE: First of all, Skip, well, then why did Michael Jordan have it? If the records are unimportant, we don't need to catalog them.

SKIP BAYLESS: There was-- it was never a record. Nobody even knew what it was--

SHANNON SHARPE: Yeah, they did.

- --until some obscure statistician--

SHANNON SHARPE: OK.

- --seized upon it. Some blind witness LeBron lover--

SHANNON SHARPE: OK, so we--

- --seized upon it--

SHANNON SHARPE: Mhm.

- --last week as, aha! Here it is. This is why LeBron's better than Michael.

SHANNON SHARPE: And you know what?

- How?

- You know what, Joy? And we going let it go back to being obscure.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm.

- But you know who first on that obscure list--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm.

- --of the most consecutive games with at least 10 points or more? LeBron James. I don't want to mention it anymore.

SKIP BAYLESS: OK.

- But see, Skip, you can't say, well, if he had played. This is what we know. He took a year and a half off. He took 2 and 1/2 more years off.

SKIP BAYLESS: He took a year and 3/4 off--

- OK.

- --the first time.

- A year and 3/4.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah. Missed 65 games out of 82--

SHANNON SHARPE: So we don't Skip--

- --the second year.

SHANNON SHARPE: And this is what happens when you play sport. I guarantee you, who thought Yukon women would not only lose on--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm

- --would not win the National Championship?

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah.

- Funny things can happen, Skip.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm.

- There are a lot of guys. You can get a tech. You can twist an ankle. You can get poked in the eye in the first quarter.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm,

- But see, this is not a games played. Because a lot of games, a guys control out there, say, oh, man that dude can-- like AC Green--

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah.

- --played all those games.

SKIP BAYLESS: So--

- LeBron not only played all those games, Skip, but he's been very, very exemplary--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- --in all of those games.

SKIP BAYLESS: OK. So here's the point for all you blind witnesses out there. Michael Jordan, in the prime of his career, was forced to take a sabbatical for one full year plus 65 games of the next year.

SHANNON SHARPE: Mhm

- That's 82 plus 65. That's a lot of games--

SHANNON SHARPE: Mhm.

- --right there in your prime. Would he have scored 10 plus points in all those games? I think he would have.

SHANNON SHARPE: You-- we don't ever--

- Since he-- since he averaged 30 a game, I'm pretty sure he would have.

SHANNON SHARPE: No, Skip, but hold on. Do you realize that Wilt Chamberlain also averaged--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm.

- --30 points a game?

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm.

- And he had 30 games in which he didn't score double figures.

SKIP BAYLESS: Michael played 82 full games in a-- in a season.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yeah.

- What was it? Like, eight or nine times his career.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yeah.

- So I--

SHANNON SHARPE: I commend him.

- You know. OK. So then Michael willingly chose to-- to go into early retirement because his coach got run out of Chicago by the two Jerrys, Reinsdorf and Krause. And he took off his age 35, 36, and 37 years, which were his 14th, 15th, and 16th years.

SHANNON SHARPE: Mhm.

- So now LeBron's in his 15th. So Michael missed 14, 15, and 16. He chose to do it, just out of protest.

SHANNON SHARPE: So-- so-- Bron-- that, that--

- Yeah.

SHANNON SHARPE: We going to hold that against him? Skip, if he was so-- hey, let me ask you a question.

SKIP BAYLESS: And wait. Let me finish this.

- OK

- Because the three previous years to the three that he willingly chose to just retire prematurely--

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

- He led the NBA in scoring and played 82 games in all three of those-- and that would be the '96, '97, and '98 seasons-- 82 games and led the league in scoring. What do you think would have happened in the next three seasons? He would have scored 10 plus points a game for 82, 82, and 82 more. That's what would have happened.

SHANNON SHARPE: No, that's speculation.

- So he would have gotten up to around--

SHANNON SHARPE: That's speculation.

- That's not speculation.

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes, it is, Skip.

- It's just what it would have been.

- No, it wasn't

SKIP BAYLESS: It just what it-- it's what--

- Skip, how can we--

SKIP BAYLESS: --what history--

- We can't--

SKIP BAYLESS: --would tell you.

SHANNON SHARPE: Skip--

- He'd be--

SHANNON SHARPE: --we can't definitively say that.

SKIP BAYLESS: He'd be 1,200 now. And I would be laughing at your 868 or whatever it is.

SHANNON SHARPE: He would be. But he's not.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- That's LeBron's obscure record.

SKIP BAYLESS: So is that--

- I don't even want to talk about 868--

- OK

- --because it's meaningless.

- OK is it--

- LeBron got it.

- Is it any reason to say that--

SHANNON SHARPE: Yes.

- --LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan?

- That wasn't--

- How?

SHANNON SHARPE: [INAUDIBLE]

- Help me out. Give me some logic here.

SHANNON SHARPE: That's not what we're talking about at this time.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah

- There will be a time and a place that you and I will be able to sit back--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- --and we'll discuss--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- --LeBron and Michael. But right now--

SKIP BAYLESS: I'm discussing it right now.

- The record, LeBron has the record. Now, you can be all upset and slings snot over there and crying like a little 3-year-old that didn't' get--

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah.

- --any Easter eggs.

SKIP BAYLESS: OK.

- But LeBron got that obscure record. Now, you need to suck it up, Skip.

SKIP BAYLESS: Thank you. You just called it obscure.

- Yeah.

SKIP BAYLESS: Because it's not even a record. It's just some kind of a mark.

SHANNON SHARPE: What? You think Bron care about that?

SKIP BAYLESS: Hm.

- His name in it, though.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah, he cares a lot about it.

SHANNON SHARPE: No, he don't

- Didn't he tweet about it, or--

- But you know what? This is what I want people to understand. If that record is so easy, why didn't Larry Bird--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- --score double figures in every single point? Why hasn't Kevin Durant scored double figures? Some of the greatest scorers, from George Gervin to Alex English, some of the greatest scorers of all time--

SKIP BAYLESS: You can't put any of them in the same sentence with Michael Jeffrey Jordan. That's why.

SHANNON SHARPE: Well, you can't put Michael Jordan in the same sentence as LeBron, because he done past him.

SKIP BAYLESS: Hm.

- He done run past him.

SKIP BAYLESS: Hm.

- So all the fastest men in the world have to take a backseat to one Usain Bolt.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm.

- So Michael Jordan, when it come to this category right here--

SKIP BAYLESS: Mhm

- --you got to take a back seat. It's OK.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah.

- I mean, you still in the car.

SKIP BAYLESS: Shannon--

- You just ain't driving no more.

- It is OK. The only number that matters is 6-0 with six MVPs. And that's Michael's record in the NBA Finals. The only record that matters for your guy is 3-5--

SHANNON SHARPE: Hey.

- --in the NBA Finals.

SHANNON SHARPE: And Michael can't do anything about that.

SKIP BAYLESS: Yeah.

- We could add. Or we can-- or we can add to the win column. We can add to the loss column. This is what we know. And what burns you up is that he's still going strong. He shows no sign of slowing down.

SKIP BAYLESS: No, he doesn't.

- So--

SKIP BAYLESS: Except on defense.

- No, no [INAUDIBLE]

SKIP BAYLESS: He can't play defense anymore.

- Good, good. Neither does James Harden. Neither does Dam Lillard. Neither does Russ-- Russ Westbrook.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- So and I don't hear nobody come out, oh, they don't play that. Don't worry about it.

SKIP BAYLESS: Mm.

- He has more important-- he has bigger fish to fry right now.

SKIP BAYLESS: Really?

- Yeah.