James Harden said in an interview with ESPNās Rachel Nichols that he wished he could be seven-feet tall and just dunk referring to Giannis Antetokounmpo. No big comeback from the Greek Freak who responded via ESPN on Friday attempting to lay the evolving feud to rest. āIt hasnāt been a back-and-forth,ā he mentioned before the win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, āIām not that type of guy, I never try to take stabs at somebody. Maybe sometimes it might come out like that, but Iām definitely not. At the end of the day, if thatās what he believes, thatās what he believes.ā
āMy game is not just power for sure,ā he replied to gathered reporters following the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season contest, āI came in when I was 18, I was 180 pounds, so to power through big guys was kind of tough. But obviously, itās going to be times where youāve got to power through guys.ā
āAmazing," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I donāt know who is criticizing him. Heās a winner. He brings it in every way, shape and form. He brings it in practice, in the locker room, heās a great leader, heās a great player. He does everything.ā
Nichols asked Harden about a comment Antetokounmpo made during the 2020 NBA All-Star Game draft as he selected his team against LeBron James. When the TNT crew pressed Antetokounmpo about choosing Kemba Walker over Harden, he said āI want someone who will pass the ballā with a chuckle. Harden didnāt hold back when Nichols asked him about it.
Rachel Nichols: Giannis makes a joke on the air about āI want to take someone who can pass, Iām taking Kemba Walker instead of James Harden.ā James Harden: I averaged more assists than him (Walker) I think. RN: You ranked 10th in assists going into the all-star break, and Kemba ranked 36th in assists going into the all-star break. JH: I donāt see what the joke is. But I didnāt even see it, I donāt pay attention to stuff like that. I just know that none of them can mess with me.
James Harden: When itās all said and done, they will appreciate it more. But I wish I was 7-feet, and could run and just dunk. That takes no skill at all. I have to actually learn how to play basketball and how to have skill. Iāll take that every day.
May 28, 2022 | 5:48 am EDT Update
Donatas Urbonas on Vasilije Micic: At least for now, there’s a feeling that he’s leaning towards the NBA. But it’s not about OKC, there is no place for Micic in OKC, or at least the place where Micic would be happy about the role he thinks about playing NBA. So his agent is working for making a trade for him. So if Micic is going to the NBA, it’s probably the most likely that there’s some other team which will trade for him.
Green made the remark on TNTās āInside the NBAā postgame show Thursday night following the Warriors defeating the Dallas Mavericks in five games. āDraymond broke the code,ā Haslem told Yahoo Sports after the Heatās 111-103 victory. āYou aināt supposed to say some s*** like that. Thatās disrespectful. He know better than that.ā
Barry Jackson: P.J. Tucker: “Everyone picked them, even though we’re No. 1” seed…. He said everyone (presumably teammates) laughed when Draymond Green said last night that Golden State will be playing Boston in the Finals: “It’s kind of weird to be a player and pick another team”
Reporter: “How you describe Jimmy’s game?” Kyle Lowry: “It’s f***ing incredible! My bad, my bad. Don’t fine me NBA, that was really by mistake, I promise.” Jimmy Butler: “Fine him, fine him. Y’all fine me all the time.”
The Celtics, so celebrated for their defense, made it easy for him. They mishandled the assignment, leaving Butler with a clear path to the hoop, and he pounced, driving for a layup and absorbing contact for good measure. It was a winning play that broke a tie game, along with the Celticsā resolve. āHis competitive will is as high as anybody that has played this game,ā Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said.