James Harden is a bad man, and the MVP frontrunner reminded everyone of his absurd ball control skills on Wednesday night against the Clippers.
Poor Wesley Johnson found himself on the wrong end of what is arguably the nastiest crossover-stepback move of the season, as the Rockets superstar pulled the string back with a between the legs dribble that sent Johnson crumpling to the court. The worst part, by far, is that Harden stared him down and held the ball down for a solid two seconds before even thinking about shooting, marveling at his work.
The Rockets bench lost it and even had to delay their full reaction to see if he would hit the three, which of course he did — had he not, it would’ve been far less cool. Johnson, to his credit, simply laughed it off as he recognized the L he’d just taken and didn’t try to compound his problems by jawing with Harden or anything.
Houston’s bench wasn’t alone in going crazy over the Harden move as the good people of basketball Twitter moved quickly with the jokes and memes, from Wikipedia page updates on Johnson’s page, to dubbing sound over the video, to simply paying their respects to the suddenly retired/deceased Johnson.
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