James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo have formed a bit of a rivalry in recent years. It seems to have blown up over the last month.
Milwaukee’s forward took a pair of shots at Harden around the All-Star break, beginning with comments at the NBA All-Star draft on Feb. 6. Antetokounmpo selected Kemba Walker ahead of Harden, joking that he wanted a teammate who would pass him the ball. The reigning MVP sent another insult Harden’s way after the All-Star Game, noting his team was targeting Harden on the defensive end down the stretch.
James Harden recent ESPN interview
In recent memory, there hasn’t been any incident that caused friction between the two. In an ESPN interview that was released Friday, Rachel Nichols brought up the comment by the Greek Freak about James not passing the ball.
James Harden addresses the comments Giannis made during the All-Star draft about assists: "I average more assists him than him, I think….I don't see what the joke is."
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) February 28, 2020
Harden pushed back at Antetokounmpo’s draft comments saying:
“I average more assists him than [Walker], I think,” Harden told ESPN’s, Rachel Nichols. “I don’t see what the joke is.”
The NBA’s scoring leader then continued his response to Antetokounmpo with a shot at the Greek Freak’s gameplay.
“I wish I could just run and be 7 feet and just dunk. Like that takes no skill at all,” Harden said. “I gotta learn how to play basketball, how to have skill. I take that any day.”
Harden got the last laugh in the All-Star Game as he got a couple of last-minute stops for Team LeBron. The previous two MVPs will get a chance to battle on the floor again on March 25 as the Bucks host the Rockets.
Houston currently sits No. 4 in the Western Conference at 38–20, while the Bucks are on a 70-win pace in 2019-20. Rockets are finally clicking together and getting exciting to watch. It is going to be an exciting matchup between the two with rivalries flaring up