“Was Larry Bird ever accused by his owner of quitting?… Did Larry Bird ever suffer a single finals meltdown the way LeBron did in 2011?”

Skip Bayless remains consistent with his take on LeBron James not being the supposed “greatest of all-time” as defined by some fans and analysts. He recently released his NBA top 10 greatest of all-time list and ranked Michael Jordan in the top spot.

That did not come as a surprise as most people might agree to that claim. But what did come as a shock to many was the position he ranked the LA Lakers forward in. The Undisputed Show co-host ranked LBJ in ninth place, just behind NBA Hall of Famer, Larry Bird.

If I talk any longer about my all-time Top 10, I might drop LeBron out of it entirely. I’m being overly nice keeping him at No. 9. Too many epic fails. https://t.co/OOl8uuzF8b

His list was met with heavy resistance as he took to his personal show, The Skip Bayless Show, to address it. He stated his reasons for placing the four-time NBA champion in the ninth position.


He added that Bron had been accused by Dan Gilbert of quitting on the team in a playoff series, but Bird never experienced that. He argued that Larry Legend was always consistent when it mattered and otherwise, but the same cannot be said for James.

“I have Larry Bird at eight, one ring above LeBron James,” Bayless started. “So I ask you was Larry Bird ever accused by his owner of quitting in a playoff series? Because LeBron was in 2010, he just faded and disappeared in games four, five and six against the Celtics and his owner Dan Gilbert accused him of quitting You’re kidding.

“Did Larry Bird ever suffers a single Finals meltdown the way LeBron did in 2011 against the Dallas Mavericks when in games four, five and six? He flat out crumbled and shrank and disappeared. The decided one became the frozen, one I’d never seen anything like it before. No! Larry Bird never did that.”

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Edited by Sankalp Srivastava


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