Giannis Antetokounmpo made a shocking revelation during an Instagram Live video with some of his fans. Asked who the toughest player to guard is, the Milwaukee Bucks superstar surprised everyone by invoking James Harden.
The Greek Freak took a whopping 22 seconds to ponder his answer but ultimately landed on The Beard as his pick. Take a look:
Antetokounmpo and Harden have had some infamous beef, as Harden was critical of the Bucks star winning the MVP award last season, denouncing it in the offseason.
The Greek Freak came back at him during the All-Star Draft, refusing to consider him for his squad and further shaming him by noting he needed someone who “can pass the ball.”
Following some in-game barbs, Antetokounmpo took one last shot at Harden by saying his All-Star team decided to make him the target on one-on-one matchups.
The Beard swung a full haymaker weeks later, saying he’d rather have his own skill set than be a 7-footer who just dunks everything. Giannis didn’t take that kindly and responded with a 41-point, 20-rebound masterclass against the Charlotte Hornets, which included plenty of post moves and fadeaway jumpers to prove he’s more than a run-and-dunk player.
Hearing Antetokounmpo admit Harden is the toughest player to guard could be a big step toward these two MVP candidates reconciling at some point.
Giannis is once again the front-runner for the MVP award. His Bucks went into the NBA’s hiatus with a 53-12 record, which is tops in the league. Milwaukee is the clear favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Harden is likely a third choice behind LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Harden’s Rockets have a 40-24 record.
There’s no telling if these two will ever see eye to eye, but this surely counts as a major step.