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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo on James Harden, MVP discussion: ‘The trophy’s in my house’

James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks, Rockets

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo won the 2019 NBA MVP award. However, if you ask Houston Rockets superstar James Harden, the trophy belonged to him in 2019 — just as it did in 2018.

Harden has campaigned this past summer to state that the media narrative helped dictate Giannis receiving the award. Possibly, Harden is alluding to his scoring outburts —  which had become too passe. Whatever it was, Harden didn’t think Giannis was deserving of the award.

With the season approaching, Giannis begins his MVP defense this Thursday coming against you guessed it, Harden and the Houston Rockets.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Giannis is quick to say he doesn’t want to engage in a war of words with Harden. However, he isn’t going to go on and on about who is the deserving MVP.

As the Bucks point-forward noted, Harden knows where the trophy rests.

“That’s their opinion. They’re gonna have James’ back,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m never gonna say I’m better than James.”

But it doesn’t mean he’ll relinquish the award or apologize for it. “The trophy’s in my house,” he said.

Both Harden and Giannis are looking to have another monster season, but they will likely want to erase the tastes from their mouths on how they exited in their postseasons.