Young Side-Eyeing James Harden is NBA Halloween's new champion

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James Harden, meet James Harden. (Screencaps via ROOT Sports, @SugaSham)
James Harden, meet James Harden. (Screencaps via ROOT Sports, @SugaSham)

You can have your elaborate Pennywise, Jigsaw and Willy Wonka costumes, NBA superstars. The true champion of this NBA Halloween season is a young man who has mastered a very specific thing: James Harden’s now-iconic sassy side-eye during a post-game interview two years ago.

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The original, delivered by the Houston Rockets superstar to color commentator Matt Bullard:

The tribute, delivered by a powerful performer named Austin:

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That’s just lovely, and the man himself thinks so, too:

If you come across Austin, please give him any excess candy you’ve still got on hand. Heck, maybe even go out and get some more. The young man has earned it.

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Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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