ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has reacted to James Harden’s response to Giannis Antetokounmpo and his comments towards the Houston Rockets star. Harden took a shot at Giannis talking about his height and how he didn’t need no skills because of that advantage.
“I wish I could just be 7 feet and run and dunk. That takes no skill at all,” he told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I actually have to learn how to play basketball and have skill. I’ll take that any day.”
Stephen A. agreed to those comments, explaining that Giannis is legit, but he hasn’t won a championship yet.
“Harden can ball and he’s earned the right to address somebody that definitely attacked him and I totally agreed with his response. I didn’t see the joke, I looked at Giannis Antetokounmpo’s face and he wasn’t laughing, he wasn’t smirking, he wasn’t joking. He meant exactly what the hell he said and so when you’re James Harden and you’re a superstar player in this league for averaging 35 a game, averaging 35 right now, clearly considered one of the best one-on-one players in the history of basketball and you put the numbers that he’s been putting up -- the Greek Freak is legit, he’s real, he’s authentic, we get all of that, but he’s not champion yet. He hasn’t advanced any further than James Harden yet. So James Harden is saying ‘wait a minute, I’ve been here, I’ve been through this, I appreciate the fact that you wanted to see but respect your brother here because I am a superstar in this league’ and I don’t have a problem with James Harden saying it. At all.”
This doesn’t seem to be the last time we hear about this, as the controversy between these players only gets bigger.
Giannis and Harden will face each other next March 25, where somethings will be said, for sure.