Giannis was lauded as GQ’s ‘Athlete of the Year’ and touched on a few topics, including hinting at potentially leaving the Bucks as well as the beef he has with James Harden.
The two-time MVP was asked about the framed jerseys he had in his home. He had the jerseys of Blake Griffin, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. When asked about the tension between him and Harden, Antetokounmpo stated, “A lot of people think that I have beef with James Harden, which is not true.”
The alleged beef between the two stems from an interview Harden did with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, where he stated,
“I wish I could just be 7 feet and run and dunk. That takes no skill at all. I actually have to learn how to play basketball and have skill. I’ll take that any day.”
Giannis responded to the diss saying.
“First of all, Harden never mentioned my name. I have seen this video, about one year later. I think what he meant was that if he was also a 7 footer, jumped and dunk, it would have been easier for him.”
It seems like just another manufactured beef that was taken out of context. But even with Harden’s claim of needing skill and actually learning how to play the game of basketball is a funny one as Harden has shown time and again that his basketball IQ is not the highest. Say what you want about Giannis, but he’s led a floundering Bucks franchise — who hadn’t been to The Finals since Kareem was in town during the ’70s, to an NBA title.
Flip the page to watch the interview with Harden and Nichols and see for yourself whether Harden’s comments warranted any clap back from Giannis. It was very clear that Harden was talking about Giannis. It seems like Giannis is still flourishing while Harden is struggling with new ref rules.