James Harden Thinks Giannis Won MVP Because Of Media Narrative
James Harden averaged 36 points a game last season, but that wasn’t good enough for him to win this year’s NBA Most Value Player. That award went to Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who also had a monstrous season. However, James doesn’t think Giannis had a better year than him statistically, but believes politics played a role in his winning the MVP award.
Harden spoke with 97.9 The Box recently, and said he believes the media created a narrative for Giannis early in the season that made it nearly impossible for him to overcome.
“I think once the media, they create a narrative about somebody from the beginning of the year, I think they just take that narrative and run with it the entire year,” Harden says at the six-minute mark of the interview. “I don’t want to get into details. But all I can do is control what I can do, and I went out there and did what I was supposed to do at a high level. You know what I’m saying?”
As for his impressive performance throughout the last NBA season, Harden added, “The season, there’s probably only a few seasons where anybody’s ever done that before.” He continued, “People were tuned in onto how many points that I was going to score the next game.” For 30 games…