Jalen Rose Calls Out Skip Bayless For High School Hoops Lies
In an effort to prove he has credibility when discussing Russell Westbrook and the point guard position, Skip Bayless of ESPN's First Take recently tweeted these comments claiming he was a star point guard in high school (as if being a good high school athlete actually adds to credibility for analyzing professional athletes):
Well, the guys at The Lost Ogle decided to do some research to see if Bayless was telling the truth about being a high school basketball star. Here's some of their write-up about the information they found:
Knowing that Skip spent his junior year leading the JV team, it’s probably not too far-fetched to think he dramatically improved during the off-season and spent his senior year as the starting point guard for a team that would finish the year 20-2 and as the runner-up for the state title.
Actually, that is kind of far-fetched, but obviously an esteemed, professional and trustworthy journalist like Skip Bayless wouldn’t make-up a trivial lie about leading his high school basketball team.
Stats don’t lie, right? Well, for the sake of Skip Bayless’ credibility, let’s hope they do. Check out the individual stats for the 1970 Northwest Classen High School basketball team. Remember, this was the great team that Skip allegedly started for:
Yep, Skip Bayless scored a grand total of 21 points in 15 games as the “starting” point guard for the 1970 state runner-up. That averages out to 1.4 points per game. Considering his coach didn’t like him because he “shot too much,” you have to wonder how low his field goal shooting percentage was. And thank God we don’t have Skip’s stats for assists, rebounds or turnovers. It would be sad to see John Hollinger’s brain explode while trying to figure out Skip’s PER.
So there you have it: Skip Bayless completely lied about his high school basketball career. Shocking that arguably the biggest troll in sports media would lie about something like that, right? Yeah, not so much.
But what actually was shocking (in that I figured ESPN would tell everybody to stay quiet about this), was former NBA star Jalen Rose calling Skip Bayless out for the high school basketball lies today on First Take:
Awesome. You are truly a hero, Jalen Rose.