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#pounditFriday, July 19, 2024

Lil B lifts ‘Based God Curse’ off James Harden

James Harden cookin

Bay Area rapper Lil B announced on Twitter early Saturday morning that “The Based God Curse,” which plagued Houston Rockets superstar James Harden during the 2015 NBA Playoffs, has officially been lifted.

Harden had drawn the ire of the rapper for allegedly stealing the cooking dance Lil B originally made famous in his music video “I Cook” and using it as an on-court celebration. Described in Lil B’s own words as “stealing swag,” Harden’s thievery was a breach of intellectual property apparently serious enough to incur the dreaded “Based God Curse,” a hex well known in NBA circles for its ill effects on one-time Harden teammate, Kevin Durant.

Though the bearded basketball virtuoso finished second in MVP voting in the 2014-15 season, posting averages of 27.4 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, and 7.0 assists per game and helping the Rockets come back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals, Harden felt the full wrath of the curse in the Western Conference Finals against Golden State.

The Berkeley born and raised Lil B is a noted Warriors fan and not entirely coincidentally, Harden struggled mightily to crack the Dubs enigma in the series.  It all culminated with the rapper himself showing up at Oracle Arena for a Game 5 where Golden State closed out Houston as Harden imploded in epic fashion, shooting 2-for-11 from the field and committing an NBA playoff record 13 turnovers. We were all believers from that point on.

However, the good news for Rockets fans is that with Saturday’s announcement, their bearded conquistador will no longer be the voodoo child of The Based God. Though Harden’s inner troubles to which Lil B was alluding to can only be speculated upon (Foot Locker rap career flopping? J.J. Redick living in his nightmares? Stolen Razor Syndrome? Metta World Peace’s elbow still causing a ringing in his ears?), at least this is all now squarely in the rearview mirror for the talented shooting guard.

Now if only Durant could finally play Lil B one-on-one to get his own pardon from The Based God.



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