In 2020, James Harden took a verbal shot at Giannis Antetokounmpo that some Rockets fans, still aching over the Bucks’ big man winning the MVP over their then-favorite player, thought had some truth in it.
Seventeen months later, Antetokounmpo is having the last laugh, and even getting in perhaps a veiled shot at Harden himself.
“I wish I could be 7-feet, run and just dunk; that takes no skill at all,” Harden said in an ESPN interview after Antetokounmpo had poked fun at him at the All-Star Game about his lack of defense and me-first offensive style. “I've got to actually learn how to play basketball. How to have skill. I'll take that any day.”
Antetokounmpo has spent the past month showcasing ALL the skill as he carried the Bucks to their first title in 50 years, scoring 50 points in Milwaukee’s series-clinching 105-98 Game 6 victory Tuesday night. Giannis averaged 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game in the Finals.
Then, he reveled in all of it in the postgame press conference.
“It’s easy to go somewhere and go win a championship with somebody else; it’s easy,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t want to put anybody on the spot, but I could go to a superteam and just do my part and win a championship, but this is the hard way to do it, and we did it. We f–king did it. We did it, man.”
Of course, Giannis could have been talking about any number of people there – LeBron James. Kevin Durant – and he said he didn’t want to put anybody on the spot, but after what Harden said about him last year only to force his way to the Nets and a superteam, it’s delicious to imagine him picturing Harden’s beard as he uttered those words.
Even if Antetokounmpo isn’t that petty, Twitter certainly is.
How Giannis looking at Harden pic.twitter.com/uMdbwxK1Gx
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) July 21, 2021
James Harden seeing Giannis score 50 points on his way to an NBA title and a Finals MVP pic.twitter.com/3D4zk8wLNH
— GIANNIS SCORED 50 IN THE NBA FINALS (@ringernba) July 21, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo beating the James Harden allegations pic.twitter.com/BHzGxdFU6p
— Negro Bane/Tha Shark (@thashark316) July 21, 2021
James Harden holding back tears on the couch rn while his head resting on Lil Baby lap
— Brandon (@GPHatesThisApp) July 21, 2021
Where "skill" got Harden pic.twitter.com/D51Sd0U1LG
— ERIC (@WeMoveAIways) July 21, 2021
First, Harden and his superteam get eliminated by Giannis and the Bucks in the second round , and now Harden is trending on Twitter for something dumb he said last year. That’s a rough offseason.
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