‘Everybody Knows Their Role’: James Harden Details Why Having Veterans is a Major Advantage for Nets

Published 10/02/2021, 12:30 AM EDT
May 4, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden calls out from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets, after the 2021-22 season ends, would not want to be on the wrong side of history. Meaning to say, the NBA has seen it with the Celtics, the Spurs, the Heat, and the Warriors, that the Big Threes always work. So the Nets would also want theirs to show some end result this time.

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Fortunately, they have some good news to start the season. Their All-Star forward-center LaMarcus Aldridge is back in the squad and they also have Patty Mills as a big addition to the roster. Plus, their preseason warmup is going just well and James Harden is extremely positive about what’s in the cards.

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The Beard has his faith in the Brooklyn Nets’ veterans

Leaving the Kyrie Irving fiasco aside, the Nets are as solid as it gets. They have the Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin Durant who averaged his playoff career-high last year. Also, they have a completely fit James Harden who can make all the difference as an elite shooting guard. 

In a recent short interview, The Beard discussed his faith in the squad and how the multiple All-Stars make them strong. The 32-YO expressed, “It makes it easier for me, coz I think everybody knows their role. They know what they bring in, what they’re great at every single night. So their job is to just go out there, do it. My job is to make it easier for them, making sure they’re in their spots… Making sure that we create disadvantages on the defensive end to where we get open shots.”

Last year, the Big Three could play just eight games together and yet, the Nets finished second on the EC table. With Kyrie Irving taking the offensive lead and James Harden working as a role player, they did amazingly. As Harden added, “It makes the game a lot easier, so no one really has to force anything. Everything is, the ball is moving, everybody is eating.” 

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In 2021, the Nets added four rookies to their roster and struck a great balance. They picked Cameron Thomas (27th), Kessler Edwards (44th), Marcus Zegarowski (49th), and (RaiQuan Gray (59th). This meant two athletic guards and two forwards to back their rotation. However, with these additions and some other new signings, James Harden sees the need of bringing a chemistry.

The 9x All-Star emphasized, “then defensively, making sure the communication, we’re on the same page.” 

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Plus, he also threw light on yet another facet of the game, being vocal. The 3x scoring champion concluded, “We got a lot of guys who aren’t very vocal, very quiet into themselves. So we kinda gotta get that out of them to where they’re just overtalking, to make it easier on the court. Coz we’re in the games, that communication, that guy saying, like I should back, I’m a low man, it gives other guys confidence that I can do this and I’m there, I know somebody got my back. So, just building those habits, so when we’re in the games, the regular season comes, it’s natural for us.”

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One thing is clear, Steve Nash is making ultimate use of these practise nights. Do you now see the Nets making a huge leap this season? Help us know in the comments section below. 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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