Giannis Antetokounmpo's gracious, emotional, authentically tear-jerking acceptance speech upon being named 2018-19 NBA MVP will surely be the talk of the league this week right up until the explosive launch of free agency. Despite terrific seasons from fellow finalists James Harden and Paul George, the Bucks superstar thoroughly deserved the award, and gave us a memorable moment on top of it during Monday night's NBA Awards telecast.
But, that didn't stop the Houston Rockets' official Twitter from spoiling the moment in head-scratching, teeth-gnashing fashion
Congrats to the new MVP, but we respectfully disagree.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) June 25, 2019
? @JHarden13 ⤵️
✔️ Finished Top 2 in MVP voting 4 out of the last 5 seasons
✔ 1st player in NBA history to avg at least 35.0ppg & 7.0apg in a single season
✔ Scored 40+ pts 28 times this season, 50+ 9 times & 60+ twice pic.twitter.com/UMmHARlNxg
Uhhhh... what? Oh, and that wasn't all.
✔ Surpassed his career high for 3-pointers made in his 53rd game of the season finishing with 378, 2nd-highest single season total in NBA history. ?— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) June 25, 2019
✔ Dating back to 2014-15, Harden is avg 30.4 pts, 8.4 ast, 6.4 reb, and 1.8 steals.
This is such a dumb hill to die on, Houston. You can congratulate your franchise player all you want, but right after Giannis gets the crown? Pick your spots, guys. Come on.
The Twitterverse noticed, and responded accordingly.
Absolutely cringe-worthy— Cameron Russell (@JustTrynaLaugh) June 25, 2019
"Congratulations, Giannis!"— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) June 25, 2019
That's really all you had to do. Either that or nothing.
It could have been so, so simple.
It’s pathetic all they do is ? ???— Robert Taylor (@49erf8thful49) June 25, 2019
Last year, it was CP3's hamstring. This year... yeesh.
WINNER WINNER! And you thought Crying Jordan was dead.
Sorry man Harden even said Giannis gets it pic.twitter.com/DW4ouKj4un— King Puppins (@PackersPuppins) June 25, 2019
Boom. That's all she wrote.
Giannis with one of the most heart warming and humbling MVP speeches.— Andy (@Andys_Brain) June 25, 2019
Rockets 5 minutes later: “wELl AcTuAlLy” pic.twitter.com/Y0ULf4DS8x
It's going to be a hell of a long summer in Houston at this rate.