Modern players disrespecting the old-school players has become a trend over the past years, with even guys that weren't stars in their days claiming some of the biggest names in the early days of the league weren't on their level. But Al Harrington took it a bit too far, and he got roasted for it.
Learn your history
Al Harrington is a name most of NBA fans are familiar with, achieving a solid NBA career, averaging 15.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg during a 16-year career. Al was a productive stretch four for many teams, but he never really did anything more than that, playing in 0 All-Star games and getting no individual/team accolades in that time.
But that didn't stop Al from thinking highly about himself and his game. So when he came onto Gilbert Arenas's podcast and answered how he would fare against some of the game's legends, Harrington would feel himself a bit too much. When the name of the Knicks legend Willis Reed came up, Harrington didn't shy away from voicing his opinion.
"I'm a Knicks fan, so I have mutual respect for him, but I would bust Willis Redd's as*!"
Al Harrington, fubo Sports
Harrington probably didn't think much of it, but old-school and especially Knicks fans took that to heart and decided to give Al a reality check.
Basically, fans would check Harrington for disrespecting the Knicks legend and remind him that he is talking about a 7x All-Star, 2x Champion, 2x Finals MVP, and 1x MVP that had some of the most memorable performances back in the 60s and 70s.
Having confidence in yourself and your game is normal, especially considering Al was a very good player. But he is one in a thousand, while Reed is to this day considered a legend and one of the best centers in NBA history. Harrington busting Reed's as* is something everybody doubts would happen no matter the difference in eras. All the backlash he received probably taught Harrington a lesson.