James Harden Oct 18, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) holds up his hands after he was fouled during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no big shame in an NBA player missing a three-point shot – even one that’s wide open with no defender in sight. Even Stephen Curry, who is the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, only makes 42.7 percent of his three-point attempts and misses a wide-open three from time to time. But the way Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden missed a three-pointer on Tuesday certainly was embarrassing.

During Tuesday night’s season-opening loss to the Boston Celtics, James Harden made a great play on the dribble, losing his defender with an ankle-breaking crossover. After the impressive move, Harden found himself wide open behind the three-point line and did his patented “Harden Shimmy” to taunt his opponent before hoisting the shot.

Unfortunately for Harden, the shot was a complete brick, not even rolling around the rim.

A player of Harden’s caliber missing a wide-open shot like this is embarrassing all by itself, but taunting his opponent before missing makes it all the more embarrassing. As a result, the NBA world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.

It’s not clear whether or not the shot was technically an airball, but it was nothing short of embarrassing for the former MVP no matter what.

[Shaqtin’ a Fool]