Just days after his team was eliminated from the NBA playoffs, Houston Rockets guard James Harden was out on the town in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Outside of nightclub 1 OAK, TMZ caught up with the always-chill superstar, who was at the time accompanied by Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson.
Inevitably, TMZ asked Harden about the most destructive sports curse since "The Curse of the Bambino": the Based God Curse, brought to you by Bay Area rapper Lil B. (Quick refresher: Last month, Lil B cursed Harden for stealing his signature "cooking dance," and while we can't confirm that was why the Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors, we're pretty sure it's the reason.)
Harden actually claimed to have zero knowledge of Lil B or his infamous curse, twice denying TMZ's inquests. Like, zero. None. “I don’t even know what happened," he said. "I don’t even know who that is."
Yes, you do, James. Don't lie to us. Don't do this to us. Don't do this to yourself. Unless you live a life with zero Internet connection (and you don't), you know all about Lil B, otherwise known as the Based God, and his very real curses.
Lil B's curse is 100 percent justified too. You can't do your cooking dance without giving credit to Lil B. The perpetual circular wrist motion isn't trademarked or anything, but Lil B has made it known that he'll curse you if you don't give him credit.
Tuesday night, Harden had a golden opportunity to baptize himself in the ways of the Based God, give full and due credit to Lil B for the dance and beg for forgiveness. TMZ's cameras could've been the perfect vehicle for a Based mea culpa.
As Iman Shumpert and the Cleveland Cavaliers found out last month, a simple tweet will do -- a small tradeoff for an NBA player hoping to avoid a lifetime of sadness.
But no, Harden curved Lil B for TMZ's cameras. A big mistake. Kevin Durant will tell you what life is like under the Based God curse. This is not a man to mess with.