James Harden on Klay Thompson: ‘Just Let Them Talk’

by December 31, 2015

Klay Thompson recently nominated himself as the NBA’s top shooting guard, a statement that raised more than a few eyebrows.

James Harden, who has battled Thompson and his defending champion Golden State Warriors over the years, says that he’s not paying attention to what Klay (or anyone else) has to say about who’s the best at his position.

Last season’s MVP runner-up, however, makes it clear that he disagrees with Thompson’s opinion.

Per the Houston Chronicle:

An All-NBA third-team choice last season, Thompson had continued his recent roll in the three games since, averaging 19.6 points heading into Wednesday’s game in Dallas. Rockets guard James Harden, the first-team All-NBA guard last season and second-leading scorer this season behind Stephen Curry, did not seem concerned if his own reputation has been diminished by the Rockets’ struggles and did not argue Thompson’s assessment of the shooting guard hierarchy.


“People are going to talk,” Harden said. “Just let them talk and do whatever they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited and whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, just go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”


Asked if Thompson’s comment adds any motivation to Thursday’s meeting, Harden left it at “No.”