James Harden’s side-eye GIF tops GIPHY’s NBA all-time views
James Harden’s legendary side-eye glance at a reporter from a few seasons back sits atop GIPHY’s all-time views for NBA GIFs with over 286 million impressions.
As noted in a tweet by NBA insider Ben Golliver, @NBA became the first entity to notch 20 billion views, and the Houston Rockets superstar’s iconic move is a big reason why.
The @NBA has become the first channel to reach 20 billion views on GIPHY, a GIF sharing site.— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 6, 2018
Rockets guard James Harden, with 286+ million views, was voted by GIPHY's viewers as the NBA's No. 1 GIF, topping Joel Embiid, Riley Curry & others.https://t.co/uq5OsMxzvZ pic.twitter.com/xLeqw59Ubd
Rounding out the top-five all-time GIFs on GIPHY are the following classics:
No. 5: Riley steals the spotlight, 164,074,433 Views (Original Post Date: May 20, 2015)
No. 4: Gary Payton’s reaction to an ICONIC moment, 165,850,132 Views (Post Date: Jan 31, 2017)
No. 3: The Warriors faithful SHOWING UP, 167,799,537 Views (Post Date: May 16, 2017)
No. 2: Joel Embiid says ‘no no no’ in GIPHY’s 16th most popular GIF of 2018, 180,327,966 Views (Post Date: Feb 24, 2018)
The topper on the list, James Harden’s side-eye, has garnered 286,664,651 views. It features the Houston Rockets superstar’s reaction during an interview following a game in November 2015.
After beating the Los Angeles Clippers by a score of 109-105 — in a game where he went off for 46 points — Harden was asked by the sideline reporter about his rhythm. The inquiry elicited what is now referred to as the “Harden Side-Eye.”
And the rest, as it’s said, is history, which includes a crafty youngster mimicking Harden’s side-eye, fake beard and all.