Thursday night was a rough one for NBA MVP candidate James Harden, who performed horribly in a playoff elimination loss then got doubly eviscerated on social media for hitting the nightclub scene later that evening.
Just how bad was it? So bad that Lil B, the Bay Area rapper slash internet icon, took pity on Harden by offering to lift his infamous curse on the NBA star.
We broke down the so-called “Based God’s curse” in-depth two years ago, but it boils down to this: When Harden started doing a “cooking dance” after good plays, Lil B took offense because he’d already popularized that dance and felt Harden was not giving proper credit.
(This YouTube “tutorial” video Lil B posted for aspirant cooking dancers back in 2010 remains one of the greatest things online ever, by they way.)
Anyhow, the “curse” on Harden has been a running joke/storyline/eye-roll now among NBA fans for some time.
Harden was bad on Thursday night as his Houston Rockets’ season ended in a humiliating 114-75 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Harden — who’s been hyped all season as an MVP candidate — looked disinterested and passive while scoring just 10 points to go with his six turnovers.
The social media peanut gallery was merciless but Harden’s awful night did prompt a conciliatory tweet from Lil B, whose post exhibited some very rare compassion. Here’s what he wrote Thursday night.
I apologize to James harden I’m ready to talk and end the curse… it’s time to talk and be the leader everyone believes you are – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) May 12, 2017
Others, however, weren’t so chill — especially when TMZ reported Harden hit a nightclub and then a strip club after Thursday night’s loss.
Magic Johnson stayed locked-up house in weeks after he played big role in losing 84′ Finals..Harden went immediately to the club last night.
— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) May 12, 2017
You can find way more tweets here, if you’re dying for more schadenfreude — but you probably get the gist.
Here’s the deal though, people. Harden had a crappy day at work, and it was also his last day of work before a some hard-earned time off. Wouldn’t you want a drink?
Now hopefully he and Lil B can get together to lift this curse once and for all.