Rockets’ James Harden takes another shot at media for voting Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo as MVP
Harden says the media created a narrative around Antetokounmpo last season and focused all their stories and attention on him despite what he was doing for the Rockets on a nightly basis:
“But they [the media] for sure got some teams they locked in on. We all know. That’s just what it is. You can’t tell me that a guy whose team was a 14-seed at one point last year, and ended up a four-seed with everything that was going on—so many injuries—and who went on a 32-game 30-point streak, eight 50-point games, two 60-point games in one season…and all the talk was about [Giannis Antetokounmpo]? There’s no way,” Harden told GQ.
“I just had to look at what I could do to get better for next year. You can’t pout or be mad, and the kid had an unbelievable season, so did his team. But the things I was putting up were legendary. You going to look back in 10, 15 years from now and be like, is that really true? Did that really happen? That’s some stuff they were doing back when Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] and all those other guys were playing. But I’m happy. We have a team goal of winning a championship, and I’m ready to get going now.”
James Harden led the NBA in scoring last season for the second consecutive year. The Beard put up 36.1 points per game and scored at least 30 points 32 games in a row at one point in the season for Houston.
Harden also scored at least 50 points nine times. He shot 44.2 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, 87.9 percent from the foul line and guided the Rockets to 53 wins in the rugged Western Conference.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA last season. The three-time All-Star averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line. Milwaukee won 60 games and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.