"I'm not that type of guy, I never try to take stabs at somebody," Antetokounmpo continued. "Maybe sometimes it might come out like that, but I'm definitely not. ... At the end of the day, if that's what (Harden) believes, that's what he believes."
Prior to that interview, Antetokounmpo joked about Harden's ball-dominant tendencies with TNT's Charles Barkley when selecting All-Star teams. Following the conclusion of the All-Star Game, Antetokounmpo said his team's offensive strategy was to "find whoever James Harden was guarding."
Kostas Antetokounmpo, Giannis' younger brother, blamed the media in a since-deleted tweet for the comments exchanged between the two stars.
Harden, who won the 2017-18 MVP, suggested last summer that a media-created narrative helped Antetokounmpo win the 2018-19 award over him.