Going into the 2020-21 NBA season the Brooklyn Nets were among the teams favored to compete for the NBA title as they would have both former Finals MVP Kevin Durant and All-Star Kyrie Irving. So far, the duo has rarely disappointed when both are on the court.
But though Irving has been absent the last few games, the Nets took another leap forward and decided to break the internet in their most recent acquisition. Trading for the Houston Rockets’ former MVP James Harden, the Nets sent shockwaves throughout the NBA.
Sources: Full current trade:
Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (22, 24, 26), 1 MIL first (22, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (21, 23, 25, 27)
Nets: James Harden
Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd-rounder
Cavs: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince
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Curry’s Response to the New Big 3
While creating a super team in the NBA may seem normal it still is something that can catch everyone off guard once the news drops. For Curry, he had this to say when asked about it:
“Pretty crazy,” he went on to say during his interview with 95.7 The Game’s Tim Roye, via NBC Sports. “I know, in this league, nothing should surprise you and there’s been a lot of blockbuster trades the last four, five, six years. But it’s just crazy to know that when it actually happens, the landscape of the league shifts immediately.
“And obviously KD being out here with the team that we had and now with Kyrie and James, it’s going to be pretty interesting to watch that come together.”
This move places the Nets atop the board in title contention. Having three players who, it could be argued, are in the NBA’s Top-10, and two in the Top-5, they certainly have the talent to rival some of the greatest teams to ever suit up.
Still, this is why the game has to be played. As talented as the team is, it has to work out the chemistry and ensure all players are committed to sacrificing to help the team win.
All three players have major experience being the best player on their team and being the go-to guy. Learning to become comfortable not having the ball in clutch moments or taking fewer shots may be a barrier as much as it can be a breakthrough.
Curry is on High Alert
Knowing the level of competition has been raised in the league, Curry is on high alert. The last time something this shocking happened in the league is when Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors.
Now, Curry and the crew are on the opposite end. Knowing this, he spoke more about how interest in the league is picking up and his readiness level.
“This league is pure entertainment and these type of trades keep the interest at an all-time high,” Curry said. “Excited to watch it all the way through, but obviously as a competitor, it keeps your antenna up.”
The Warriors host the new-look Brooklyn Nets at the Chase Center on February 13. If nothing else, the game will certainly be entertaining to see the potential high-scoring contest.