James Harden Makes Bold Claims about The Los Angeles Lakers’ Moves in The OffSeason

Published 09/28/2021, 2:11 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Houston Rockets point guard James Harden attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)


James Harden will play a very crucial role if the Brooklyn Nets want to achieve something this season. However, the Brooklyn Nets have also made significant changes this offseason by bringing LaMarcus Aldridge back from retirement. Further, they also added Patty Mills, the Australian scoring machine to their roster.

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So the Brooklyn Nets look set for a deep run in the playoffs. And if their players remain healthy, unlike last season, they are one of the favorites to be champions. The other team many consider to be the favorite to win the title is the Los Angeles Lakers.

Recently, though, Harden had clarified that he is not worried about the Lakers. While talking to the media in a press conference, Harden claimed the Nets were “not worried about anybody else”.

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James Harden speaks during Media Day

A reporter asked Harden if he felt that “a lot of moves that were made this offseason” with the primary aim of beating the Nets. Harden said, “Honestly, no. I think we’re very confident and we’re great. Like we’re talented enough.”

“We have a very new vet group that’s been there before we have some young guys that are going to be done in a fire with us. But it’s not about anybody else but us. Like if we take care of our business and approach the game and approach each day like we know you’re going to know we’re not ready we’re not worried about anybody else.”

Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) reacts after a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The reporter clearly implied that he wanted to know Harden’s views on mainly the Lakers’ offseason moves. Since the Lakers are the favorites to win the Western Conference title in the coming season. Moreover, they were one of the most active teams in the free agency and made the most significant changes for a championship run.

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What does this mean for the Brooklyn Nets?

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The Brooklyn Nets are clearly approaching the season extremely confidently. They are major favorites to win the Eastern Conference. But will face extreme competition from the current champions, Milwaukee Bucks. Will the Nets focus on finishing top seed in the Eastern Conference?

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Or will they save their best for the playoffs? Only one thing is certain, the Brooklyn Nets are not worried about anybody they face in the coming season. A great mindset to start the season with.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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