In 2015, James Harden finished second in the MVP voting to Stephen Curry. In fact, in the inaugural "Players Awards", Harden won the Most Valuable Player trophy. Harden put the Rockets on his back and led them all the way to the Western Conference Finals. From the beginning, 2016 was a disaster for the Rockets and Harden. Their coach was fired within the first month and despite making the playoffs, it never seemed that the Rockets found their mojo. Of course, Harden's lack of defense was highly criticized as usual and in a bad season for Houston it was only highlighted. In his yearly awards, Shaq made sure no one missed it.
Evidently, along with his "Inside The NBA" duties and his 4342 commercials, Shaq has time for a comedy NBA show. It's actually been going on for five years now. Every year Shaq gives out a "Shaqtin A Fool" MVP awards. Previous honorees include JaVale McGee, Kendrick Perkins and Otto Porter. But for the first time, Shaq presented the award to a former All-Star and legitimately one of the best scorers in the NBA. In his presentation video, Shaq chose not to show any clips of Harden's prolific scoring. Instead, it was Harden's many defensive lapses. And by lapses we obviously mean his hatred of ever playing defense.
To make it worse, the "induction" video included Harden's teammate Patrick Beverly, along with C.J. McCollum, and Kevin Love congratulating him on the achievement. We wonder how Shaq would have reacted if his free throw shooting were made into viral videos and gifs back in the day. Alas, we'll never know and instead will continue to make fun of Harden's complete lack of defense.
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