Skip Bayless claims Lakers’ Finals run ‘easiest path’ for LeBron James
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers punched their ticket to the 2020 NBA Finals by defeating the Denver Nuggets in five games. Personally for James, this is a huge milestone for him, as this marks his 10th NBA Finals appearance.
However, someone doesn’t seem to be too impressed with The King’s accomplishment, and that someone is no surprise. FOX Sports’ Skip Bayless voiced out his thoughts and called the Lakers’ 2020 Finals run the “easiest path” for the three-time NBA champion:
This is LeBron's easiest path to a ring: KD/Kyrie decided not to play. So LBJ got to beat a 35-39 Portland (and Dame got hurt), then the Rockets after Danuel House broke house rules, then the Nuggets instead of Kawhi's Clippers, and now maybe the overachieving Heat. Meant to be.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 27, 2020
What else did you expect from LeBron James’ No. 1 hater? Skip is the ultimate LeBron troll out there, so it’s no surprise to see him say something like this.
Despite ultimately taking care of business in each of their series, James and the Lakers certainly had their work cut out for them throughout these playoffs. They faced a red-hot No. 8 seed in the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland was on fire after barging its way into the postseason with multiple impressive wins in the seeding games. After dropping Game 1 to Damian Lillard and the Blazers, the Lakers took control and finished them in five.
In Round 2, the Lakers faced the Houston Rockets in a clash of contrasting basketball styles. Houston’s scrappy small ball initially gave Los Angeles a problem in Game 1. However, the Lakers made their adjustments and dominated Houston the rest of the way to win in five games as well.
Finally, in the West Finals, they faced a historic Denver Nuggets squad that had just completed two straight 3-1 comebacks. The latter came in shocking fashion by upsetting reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and the heavily favored Los Angeles Clippers.
Now, the Lakers will face another tough opponent in the NBA Finals, regardless of which team comes out of the East. Los Angeles awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, where the Miami Heat hold a 3-2 lead over the Boston Celtics.