For whatever reason, it seems that Giannis Antetokounmpo has a serious issue with James Harden that he hasn’t really explained.
The Milwaukee Bucks superstar took a pair of shots at Harden around the All-Star break when he selected Kemba Walker ahead of Harden, stating that he wanted a teammate that actually passes. Harden averages more assists than Walker by a large margin.
After the all-star game, Giannis took another shot by noting his team was targeting Harden on the defensive end down the stretch.
Harden pushed back at Antetokounmpo’s draft comments in an interview released on Friday.
“I average more assists him than [Walker], I think,” Harden told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I don’t see what the joke is.”
He then took aim at his style of play:
“I wish I could just run and be 7 feet and just dunk. Like that takes no skill at all,” Harden said. “I gotta actually learn how to play basketball, how to have skill. I take that any day.”
Houston currently sits No. 4 in the Western Conference at 38–20, while the Bucks are 50-8 and in 1st in the Eastern Conference.