It appears that a feud between two of the NBA’s top stars is brewing between the pair of MVP candidates in James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. With the second half of the season underway with The Beard and the Greek Freak doing their best to bring their respective teams to glory, the two have traded public jabs with NBA Twitter reacting in kind.
Antetokounmpo took the first shot during the NBA All-Star game selection, egged on by Charles Barkley. The Milwaukee Bucks superstar selected Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker to join his All-Star team over Harden after Chuck called Harden a “dribbler” which got a laugh. But it was Antetokounmpo saying that he wanted “somebody that’s going to pass the ball” that got a rise out of Harden.
Harden sat down for an exclusive interview with EPSN and Rachel Nichols, responding to the shot by saying, “I wish I could just run and be 7 feet and just dunk. Like that takes no skill at all,” Harden said. “I gotta actually learn how to play basketball, how to have skill. I take that any day.”
On top of that, the idea that Walker shares the ball more than Harden got shot down as the Houston Rockets star averages more dimes per game. Can’t deny those facts. The fact remains that as league superstars, but players get a lot of favorable treatment from officials according to fans and for whatever reason, basketball fans love picking apart Harden’s game despite his obvious talent.
It isn’t known if Giannis has fired back a shot yet but the chatter on Twitter has been ongoing all day and we’ve got those comments listed below.
James Harden ducking from this Giannis airball three hits different now😂pic.twitter.com/GKZd7dt79z— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 28, 2020
James Harden vs Giannis Antetokounmpo defensively:— Rob / sad Houston sports fan (@Houst0n4L) February 28, 2020
Loose balls recovered:
-Giannis (0) pic.twitter.com/4rZI14hUVM
1. James Harden is the only player to legitimately go toe-to-toe against KD’s Warriors— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) February 28, 2020
2. Giannis blew a 2-0 lead with home-court advantage in the ECF and let the Raptors rise from poverty to become champions
3. If Harden was in the East, he’d already have 1 ring by now
The skillful James Harden pic.twitter.com/VNEonmHjMv— Alex Simson (@alexsimson) February 28, 2020
The James Harden vs Giannis beef timeline started 6 years ago... pic.twitter.com/ykbjTi3pxf— David Astramskas (@redapples) February 28, 2020
Michael Jordan: 11.9 FTA per game— Rob Kimbell (@RobKSports) February 28, 2020
James Harden: 11.8 FTA per game https://t.co/VRNFtsa3QN
Good for you, James Harden. He deserved it.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 28, 2020
James had every right to clap back at Giannis. I’m ok with Giannis, an MVP, talking his talk. And, in turn, I’m here for Harden checkin him.— Ros Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) February 28, 2020
NBA litty boyyyyy 🔥🔥🔥
The Giannis and Harden clap back is what the competitive gene of MVPs is all about! We ain’t qualified to knock it. MVPs only!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 28, 2020
They both are trippin tho! Giannis is the best combo of size/power + skill since Shaq. JH is an elite passer that has led the NBA in dimes. Stop it! 🛑