Under normal circumstances, NBA players are usually all over Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, interacting with fans and each other. In this time of social distancing and self-quarantine, they’re becoming even more online and giving us more insight into their lives and thoughts — and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is no exception.
Who is the hardest player to guard in the NBA right now?— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) March 27, 2020
Giannis says it's James Harden. pic.twitter.com/RZI9L5763v
This is no small compliment from Giannis, because he and Harden have been beefing for a bit. It all started in August when Harden griped about Antetokounmpo winning the 2019 MVP award, saying that Antetokounmpo’s 78 first-place votes were the result of a “media narrative.” Then Antetokounmpo skipped over Harden in the All-Star draft and made some less-than-flattering comments about him, saying he wanted “somebody who’s gonna pass the ball.”
The feud continued in late February when Harden shot back at Antetokounmpo’s All-Star Game comments.
“I wish I was just 7 feet and could just run and just dunk. That takes no skill at all. I’ve got to actually learn how to play basketball and have skill. I’ll take that every day.”
Despite the back-and-forth and the possible personal animosity the two feel toward each other, Antetokounmpo has respect for Harden and his game. If Harden wasn’t actually the toughest to guard, you know Giannis wouldn’t have bothered saying his name.
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