Yesterday and this morning, we all saw with our own two eyes — or one, no offense pirates/cyclopes — James Harden getting crossed over by Nigerian point guard Tony Skinn. In an 83-point game, it was the only non-uniform related blemish on Team USA’s victory. Not a big deal, just kind of funny.
Except now James Harden is trying to say he didn’t get crossed over when he totally did. Check out this interaction he had with J.R. Smith on Twitter, a microblogging service.
There is an old saying — a good craftsman never blames his tools — that seems pretty applicable here. In fact, you could even expand it to say “A good craftsman never blames his tools or what he is standing on” and it would still make a lot of sense.
Plus, there is this other old saying that goes something like, “Nice try. We saw you get crossed over, man. We have the tape.” It is VERY applicable here.
I will allow that some combination of a slippery floor and shoes may have made this crossover look way worse than it really was. But if you stop the clip at the exact moment when the crossover happens, well, you be the judge.
From the look of that second frame, James Harden is getting crossed over. Sure, it looked way worse once his feet started sliding, but that’s what will happen when you’re off-balance. From being crossed over. Which is what happened to James Harden.