Skip Bayless just can’t stop talking about Russell Westbrook.
The FS1 host was highly vocal about the Lakers during the 2021-22 NBA season. He blamed Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the team’s collective failings.
And although some of his criticism was warranted, Bayless’ comments always seem to straddle the line between fair and excessive.
Case in point: what he tweeted Thursday night. Los Angeles wasn’t the biggest mover and shaker in the 2022 NBA Draft. It made a trade with the Magic, acquiring the No. 35 pick in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash.
With that 35th pick, the Lakers selected Michigan State guard Max Christie. He didn’t exactly set the record books alight in his one year with the Spartans, averaging a hair under 10 points per game on 38/32/82 shooting.
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Bayless took to Twitter after the pick, throwing a sly dig at Westbrook and James for their perceived poor shooting.
Lakers acquire a 2nd-round pick, take Michigan State’s Max Christie, who shot only 32% from 3 last season. Perfect! He’ll fit right in with LeBron and Westbrick.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 24, 2022
Westbrook didn’t take Bayless’ tweet lying down. He clapped back Friday night, telling Bayless to “watch his mouth.”
Yoooo… watch your mouth. Don’t say anything here you wouldn’t say to my face. https://t.co/0u8nFXYLY8
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) June 25, 2022
This isn’t the first time Westbrook and Bayless have clashed. It likely won’t be the last time. Here’s a quick rundown of the beef between the two over the years.
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Skip Bayless-Russell Westbrook beef, explained
If you ask Bayless, Westbrook — and his legion of adoring fans — sparked the feud.
In March, Bayless, speaking on his podcast, “The Skip Bayless Show,” recalled an experience with Westbrook from 2012. Bayless, an Oklahoma City native, said he received death threats on his return to the city because he criticized Westbrook and his performances.
Skip Bayless dislikes Russell Westbrook on a personal level
1. His hometown of OKC hates him because of Russ “My people!”
2. His favorite player Kevin Durant told him he doesn’t know basketball because of how he talked about Russ pic.twitter.com/3OBJ0g4c0v
— 🌟 (@LALeBron23) March 4, 2022
Bayless said that he and Westbrook interacted with one another at some point that year. According to Bayless, Westbrook smirked and laughed at him, giving him a look that said Bayless wasn’t “bleep.”
Bayless’ critiques over the years have also drawn the ire of Westbrook’s former OKC teammate Kevin Durant. KD, whom Bayless says he admired when he first came into the league, has had his own run-ins with Bayless and former co-host Stephen A. Smith.
My theory is that guys like steve, skip and Shannon have changed the game for the worse. Playas like Stephen and Michael can only push the game forward. https://t.co/0Oc9J2HqxS
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 2, 2022
Skip bayless?? Who is he? I thought he was the host of E! Everybody got their opinions tho ….I’ll be aight…Oklahoma waddup!!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 29, 2009
Durant has long voiced frustration with how people like Bayless talk about the game. According to Bayless, that’s a result of Westbrook’s animosity toward him.
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Bayless continued his assault on Westbrook as the All-Star point guard moved to the Rockets, Wizards and, now, Lakers. The beef got so intense that Westbrook’s wife, Nina, took to Instagram to highlight how Bayless had time and time again spoken out of turn about her husband.
Russell Westbrook’s wife, Nina, called out Skip Bayless today for trashing Westbrook while blocking her on Twitter.
She does have a point 🤔 pic.twitter.com/esQYUMjvxF
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 4, 2022
It reached a new level Friday when Westbrook blasted Bayless for his tweet on draft night.
Bayless hasn’t responded yet, although knowing him, it’s likely he’ll save any additional comments for his podcast, his FS1 show, “Undisputed,” or both.