‘Check Your Ego’: Kevin Durant Gives the Secret Mantra Him, James Harden and Kyrie Irving Follow

Published 04/11/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before a game against the Golden State Warriors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Until this point, Brooklyn Nets’ ‘Big 3’ has been a roaring success. The trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving has propelled them to joint-top of the NBA Eastern Conference standings, as well as being labeled as the favorites for the 2020-21 season title.

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However, there were plenty of critics of the ‘Big 3’. When James Harden joined the roster in February, there were plenty of doubts regarding their ability to gel well together- are there too many chefs in the kitchen? Are the Nets going to play with multiple balls on the court?

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and forward Kevin Durant (7) rest near the team bench during a timeout against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

But, so far, it has been going according to plan. And Kevin Durant attributes it to their experiences with the national team when the big superstars from all the teams converge.

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“I think our experiences with Team USA definitely help because when you are in that environment, I won’t say you have to shrink yourself, but you have to check your ego and figure out when you need to use it,” Kevin Durant told ESPN’s, Rachel Nichols.

“We hold each other accountable when stuff happens. I think that’s one of the things that helped us learn how to play with each other.”

‘Big 3’s IQ is helping the Nets succeed’ – Kevin Durant

Both Durant and Irving have the experience of leading their respective NBA teams to championship previously. And even though Harden’s never won the chip or been to the finals, he’s been leading the Rockets on the floor for the past five years. So, their collective acumen and ability to sponge off each other is helping them immensely.

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“The second James got here, he was pulling us to the side; telling us different things he sees out on the court. I think our IQ for the game and our communication has helped us thus far.”

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Though, it must be pointed out that the trio hasn’t taken to the court together often enough. KD had been nursing an injury for the last five weeks. After he made his comeback recently, Harden sat out because of hamstring tightness. So, the jury is still out on their ability to play well together and achieve the ultimate glory with Brooklyn.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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