How The Last Dance shows bias against Rockets James Harden

Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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How it relates to Harden

Would Jordan have been requesting this change if he had won the award? Probably not, but let’s take this further. Can you imagine if James Harden made those comments?

People were viewing Harden as a crybaby and making him out to be a villain but he didn’t say anything to this extent, and he actually credited Giannis with having a great season on multiple occasions. In spite of that, the national media formed a narrative around Giannis being a humble superstar and Harden being “worried about the wrong things.” But by this logic, wasn’t Jordan doing the same?

Jordan’s comments about being upset about these MVP snubs were glossed over in the film, and the film didn’t even include his request for changing the MVP voting system. And two prominent writers in J.A. Adande and David Aldridge went along with Jordan’s frustration about the MVP but didn’t even offer any additional insight into how much Jordan was a “crybaby” at the time.

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But that shouldn’t be a surprise and frankly neither should this media bias, as it’s not the first time we’ve seen a bias against Harden and it won’t be the last. It also won’t be a surprise if Harden misses out on other deserving MVPs in the future either.