James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets are all set for a marquee playoff series with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in round two.
While the teams have been complimentary of each other in recent days, it wasn’t always that way.
James Harden Rips Giannis After All-Star Game Snub
“I wish I could just run and be 7 feet and just dunk. Like that takes no skill at all,” Harden said per ESPN’s Rachel Nichols back in 2020. “I gotta actually learn how to play basketball, how to have skill. I take that any day.”
This response came after Nichols brought up the fact that Giannis opted to take Kemba Walker over James Harden when he was the 2020 All-Star Game captain.
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At the time, Giannis Giannis Antetokounmpo responded to James Harden saying his game was all power.
“My game is not just power for sure, obviously, it’s going to be times where you’ve got to power through guys. Like one of the best players, LeBron, Michael Jordan, Kobe and all those guys … Shaq, all those guys, they were extremely physical with their play. They made their presence felt in the paint, but obviously, I try to work on my game, midrange shots, 3s, being able to screen and roll faster and make the right pass,” Giannis said in response to Harden’s comments back in 2020 per ESPN.
With all the beef in the NBA nowadays, it was hard to remember that James Harden and Giannis traded jabs back in the day.
The series between the Bucks and Nets is about to be epic.
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