Illustrating the double standard
LeBron is literally in the exact situation that Harden was in last season and he handled it exactly the same. James stated that the NBA determines who wins the award without taking into account what happens on the court, by adding, “I don’t know how much we’re really watching the game of basketball. Or are we just in the narration mode. The narrative.”
If we hit the rewind button, we’ll notice that this is eerily similar to what Harden stated in 2009, as outlined below.
“Once the media creates a narrative about somebody, they just take that narrative and then run with it.
So if Harden was criticized for making said comments, isn’t it only right for LeBron to receive the same slander? The same points were made and both were factual, so why would one be given a pass and the other be viewed as a crybaby and sore loser?
LeBron has already won four MVP trophies, so if anything it would be more of a bad look for him to be complaining than Harden, who has a legitimate complaint about missing out on at least three more trophies.
However, when LeBron points it out, the narrative is “I’m glad he spoke up about it, it’s blatantly wrong”, but when Harden pointed it out, there was a much different tune, as illustrated below.
A constant: Harden, Morey, and the Rockets expending more energy on missed awards than missed playoff wins. https://t.co/k2k3VMg91B
— Josh Eberley?? (@JoshEberley) August 22, 2019
LeBron stated that he’s come up short four additional times, and he’s fair for believing that, as he’s certainly gotten robbed, while having incredible seasons. But by the same token, so has Harden, so it should be fair for him to also point it out.