Mark Cuban lambasts Skip Bayless, sports media over NBA Finals coverage
Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was a guest on ESPNs First Take on Friday morning and took a number of shots at the media for the way they cover sports, and specifically singled out Skip Bayless, who hosts the show with Stephen A. Smith and Jay Crawford:
“It’s not just Skip, it’s sports writers, sports media in general where everything is generalities, ‘excruciating pressure,’ what the hell is that?”
“You guys like to talk in complete generalities, where nobody can question you, right? You don’t ever use facts, you don’t ever use substance. [Y]ou have the presumption that people care what you say. They don’t.”
Cuban went on to say that it’s ridiculous for Bayless to say that the Miami Heat won the championship because they wanted it more than the Oklahoma City Thunder, and said that ultimately it comes down to execution.
When Bayless told Cuban that LeBron James played harder than Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals, Cuban said:
“That is the most ridiculous thing any sports writer has ever said.”
Cuban went on First Take after his tweets on June 19 prompted Bayless to invite him to come on the show; Cuban had tweeted that his two-year-old son knows more about the NBA than Bayless.
Great move by espn having steve javie on explaining calls. Have him during games. Skip bayless discussing nba….my 2 yr old knows more—
Mark Cuban (@mcuban) June 19, 2012
Footage of the discussion can be seen here: