Scary Hours In Brooklyn.
Towards the end of last week, James Harden, after a lot of back and forth with the Houston Rockets and a lot of rumours flying around on social media, signed with the Brooklyn Nets. This partnered him up with arguably one of the best point guards to ever play in Kyrie Irving and one of the best scorers of all time in his old teammate Kevin Durant.
Despite the absence of Kyrie, James Harden and Kevin Durant went to work in their first time back playing together as teammates, with James Harden making history becoming the first player ever to drop a 30 point triple-double in a debut with a team and Kevin Durant dropping a light 42 points along with 5 assists helping the Nets pick up the win against the Orlando Magic 122–115.
With this trade came a lot of talking within the basketball community. Some people now wonder if the Nets have ‘ruined basketball’ by essentially creating a team that looks unbeatable. These same thoughts swirled around when KD went to the Golden State Warriors as well. Others questioned the legitimacy of KD’s legacy, being that he’s been with two very, very, very strong teams over the past 2 years or so, each that had at least one other future Hall of Famer on the team that had already won a ring. There’s a lot more that can be said. A lot more opinions that can be shared and a lot more questions that can be asked that could spark debates for years and years to come. Despite all those things, there are a few things that can be said for sure.
It was fun to watch the Golden State Warriors destroy teams even when they didn’t have KD. Watching the way the ball zipped across the floor followed by an abnormal shot from Steph or Klay and seeing Draymond Green giving his all on both ends of the floor was something to marvel at. It was fun to watch the Miami Heat’s big 3. The way Lebron, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade played together on the floor along with the other great teammates they had, including Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers, was also something to behold.
It was fun watching the 08' Celtics play their game with KG, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. The tough defence combined with incredible scoring and incredible teamwork was what led them to that title in 08'.
All of these teams were involved in some of the craziest things we’ve seen on the basketball court, some historical moments that only happen once in a lifetime. Those teams are gone now and a new big 3 is here. As it was with the previous big 3s and super teams, it will be fun to watch this team play, to create their own big moments and to watch the way James, KD and Kyrie operate on the court together in their quest to win their first, second and third titles respectively. A lot of great things are going to happen with these three together on the court and as a fan of the game, I simply can’t wait.