Charles Barkley Trolls Nets’ Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden with New Nickname

Published 01/15/2021, 1:03 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) drives the ball around Atlanta Hawks point guard Brandon Goodwin (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Talks about the blockbuster trade that took place a day ago won’t settle so easily. In fact, expect predictions and criticisms to pour constantly about how well the new Brooklyn Nets duo or possible trio will adapt in the competitive league. On one hand, fans are hoping to see the most deadly team, and on the other, some are hoping for it to be a disaster. Do Kevin Durant and James Harden complement each other’s game?

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The good old OKC days

Well, if one goes according to their history together, Harden and Durant had the most successful run together back when they played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In fact, they actually got the franchise a Western Conference title and even reached the NBA Finals in 2012.

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However, the real mystery is whether, even after so many years, they will share the same chemistry. Both players have had very different experiences so far. Harden is used to being the sole superstar in the team after playing for the Rockets for a decade. But KD has always been surrounded by superstars.

Unless Nets fans hear some good news about Kyrie Irving‘s return, the onus of the team now falls on these two. Is Kevin Durant once again adapting to a role like the ‘Splash Brothers’?

Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (middle) dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Kevin Durant and James Harden duo

Many NBA players gave their reaction to Harden joining KD. But the one player who is known for his ruthless honesty is Charles Barkley. He actually had some fun at Durant’s expense on TNT.

He stated, “It’s going to be a fun fascination. I mean KD went from the Splash Brothers to the Dribble Brothers.” Everybody else in the panel of discussion also laughed.

This was a subtle taunt at Durant for playing with the Golden State Warriors. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are known as the splash brothers and have denied Durant being a member of it. Now, it looks like he has found a title for himself.

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"Kevin Durant went from the Splash Brothers to the Dribble Brothers."

Charles Barkley reacts to the James Harden trade 🤣pic.twitter.com/9eYVcMuNCW

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 15, 2021

How well do you think Durant and Harden will fit together? And if Kyrie is thrown into this equation, will the roster become even better? Or is this a recipe for disaster?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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