The following article is about the beef between Giannis Antetokounmpo vs James Harden Dispute. Every sport has its massive fan following. For example, Asian fans love to watch cricket and football, while North American people prefer to watch basketball and baseball. Even among the differences, the sportsman spirit of the players and the fans make us get tied up to a knot that connects us all. But even among so much love and togetherness, sometimes a few events occur that insults these beautiful games. Many events in history get their name put up on that blacklist.
The beef between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra in 2011, and the dispute between Harbhajan Singh and Sreesanth, are enough to make us remember how hard the game can be. Like the above-mentioned events, recently, another dispute took place between two NBA stars. The NBA stars are Harden James and Giannis Antetokpunmpo. It is hard to process that two of the best players in the NBA got involved in a problem among each other. The matter is still going on and looks like it will be later than sooner to see the end. In this article, we will be presenting the full details of the dispute. So, to know more, keep on reading the article.
How Did The Giannis Antetokounmpo vs James Harden Dispute Start?
The dispute started when James Harden, the star player of Houston Rockets, stated in an interview held by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that James feels that he is the best player in the NBA currently. His achievements have already started to diminish all the achievements of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is the reigning Most Valuable Player. James Harden added that his current locker room is making him feel invincible and is making him do better. He feels that being able to run with a height of more than seven feet is nothing special at all. It looks like that to dunk is also no skill at all.
Reply Of Giannis
Ahead of his game against Oklahoma City Thunder, Giannis Antetokounmpo gave his reply to James Harden. He is not the one to stay quiet. The reigning MVP said that his job is to play well in every game, and ultimately go to his family. That is the thing that he is paid for. He also said that making any comments against another person does not fall into his habit. Giannis ended his statement by saying that he does not wish to impose his own belief onto another person’s belief. He just needs to stay focused on his game and keep on delivering his best.
Whole Situation Surrounding The Dispute
The situation is way older than it looks. The dispute sparked in 2020. It was the time when the NBA All-Star Draft was taking place. Charles Barkley of ‘Inside the NBA’ jokingly said the Giannis Antetokoumnpo was the dribbler as he took the ball and passed it to James Harden. Giannis replied with another joke, saying that he needs someone who will pass the ball to him. But the current Houston Rockets star, James Harden did not find the comment amusing. He commented that he did not find that comment amusing. Moreover, he also has more assists than Giannis Antetokounmpo. He had a solid backing to this statement of his.
James Harden has some thoughts on Giannis … pic.twitter.com/ybPcG6gar5
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James Harden was averaging 7.3 assists per game, and Giannis only had an average of 5.8 assists per game. Coming to the scoring section, Giannis had an average of 29.7 points per game, while James with 36.7 points per game is the league’s best. But coming from the team point of view, Milwaukee Bucks are a much better side than the Houston Rockets. Even after the entire dispute, Giannis seems to be cool. He is showing the mentality of a true champion. His focus is on the game and how to improve himself. In simpler words, this dispute has become a war of words. But more than words, Giannis prefers to speak with his performance. It is the only thing that remains common among the two stars. And that was the Giannis Antetokounmpo vs James Harden Dispute.