Initially, it seemed like Skip Bayless had his next victims to attack constantly once LeBron James retired from the beautiful game. Players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, and Luka Doncic were often on the receiving end of Skip's criticism, who talked about them like he talks about LeBron.
Many thought that was the next step in the controversial analyst's career, but now the answer may be closer than we think. On Monday afternoon, Bronny James faced the U18 France national team, putting a rival on a poster, sending his father, other NBA stars, and fans into a frenzy.
Truth to his style, Bayless was cautious about getting too excited for Bronny. In fact, he took to Twitter to tell the 17-year-old that the dunk was nice, but his father would have done it differently.
Hey, Bronny ... impressive. But your dad would've dunked it left-handed. You sure got away with it, though.
Of course, nobody liked this backhanded 'praise', and many fans called out Bayless. Still, that didn't stop the Fox Sports analyst, who already announced Bronny will be talked about a lot more on FS1's Undisputed from now on (7:00).
“I wasn’t criticizing Bronny,” Bayless said on today's edition of the show. “I was merely commenting on a young man who is going to be a focal point for this show and to everybody else from this point forward. Because I'm going to remind everybody, Bronny is almost 18 years of age and I'm going to remind everybody that Bronny is going into his senior year and that we constantly discuss on the show, 'in two years, will he be good enough to play alongside his father?”
The expectations around Bronny are really high right now, and the good thing is that the player has managed them very well. It's not an easy job to be the son of one of the greatest players of all time, but Bronny seems to be fine with that. Skip knows that Bronny will carry LeBron's legacy, and he'll be there to shade the young player like he did yesterday.