New TV Analyst Shaquille O’Neal Takes Shot At Annoying TV Analyst Skip Bayless
Glenn Davis 10:18 am, August 03rd, 2011
It's possible that earlier this morning, you noticed an interesting tweet from Skip Bayless. (If you didn't, that's why we're here - combing the Twitter feed of Skip Bayless so you don't have to.) Anyway, in this tweet, Bayless said that on today's First Take, he's going to "have a WHOLE LOT to say about Shaq calling me out last nite on Conan." In addition, upon getting wind of this Conan segment last night, Bayless said Shaq is "ducking" the opportunity to debate with him, and called him "Shakira O'Neal" because ugh, of course he would.
So what's Bayless talking about, anyway? Well, Shaq did indeed appear on Conan last night, and during this appearance, he noted that he would only get upset with critics when he didn't feel they had a playing résumé to measure up to his own. Did he have anyone in particular in mind? He declined to say at first, but, well, you can see where this is going. Via TBS/Conaco:
On the one hand, Shaq's holding his critics to an unfair standard here. Look at his playing career, his all-time ranks in the major statistical categories for centers. He's one of the greatest players of all time. By his criteria, almost no one is fit to pass any judgment about him. And it didn't take scoring almost 29,000 career NBA points to figure out that Shaq's physical condition often wasn't quite what it could have been, or that he could be...well, kind of a jerk.
On the other hand - that was barely a call-out. All he did was say "Skip Bayless," thereby lumping him in with the people he didn't see fit to criticize him. Sure, he only singled out Bayless in particular, but this is why Bayless does what he does - precisely to get reactions like this. Maybe Bayless won't get as fired up on First Take as his tweet suggests he might. But if he does, then for the second day in a row, he'll be getting too worked up.
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