“Had He Taken the Vaccine….”: Kyrie Irving Finally Breaks Silence on ‘Super Team’ With James Harden and Kevin Durant Creating Havoc Among Fans

Published 02/11/2023, 6:30 AM EST

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The Brooklyn Nets once had it all. Three perennial All-Stars who were more than capable of putting the team on their backs and carrying them through any game. However, the old saying came true of ‘too much firepower.’ The trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving seemed extremely promising on paper, but when it came down to performing on the court, it resulted in coming up short. 

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Eventually, the Nets’ front office decided to break the trio by trading James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons. Many have said that the 76ers got away with an absolute steal. 

Kyrie Irving speaks out about the Nets’ ‘Big Three’

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When looking at the Brooklyn Nets, all three stars have since been traded away. Kevin Durant was traded away to the Phoenix Suns and Kyrie Irving found his new home in Dallas with the Mavericks ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday.

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However, looking back at the ‘big three’s formation, Irving recently broke his silence and gave a statement. He said, “I think I would like to say something about the superteam of me, James [Harden], and KD that everyone thinks should have worked.” 

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“We played very limited time together, and there were a lot of injuries that took place. I would have liked to see that work for the long term, but there are no mistakes and no coincidences and you gotta move forward,” added Irving.

Fans on the other hand blamed Irving for the failure of the big three. One fan tweeted, “Had he taken the vaccine, they’d all still be in Brooklyn.”

Here are a few more reactions from NBA Twitter:

 

Many fans in the comments section pointed fingers at Irving, saying that if only he had not refused to take the COVID vaccine, the trio would’ve performed wonders together in Brooklyn.

What broke the ‘big three’?

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Out of these three players, Kevin Durant arguably possesses the greatest ability to play off the ball. 

Furthermore, both Kyrie Irving and James Harden need the ball in their hands to be productive on offense. Harden more often demands isolation plays whereas Irving usually needs a pick and roll to create something on the floor. 

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Notably, both players have been able to do other things on the court. The trio was eventually cut short due to injuries, off-court issues, and a lack of chemistry and understanding on the hardwood between them.

What do you think the ‘big three’ of Harden, Irving, and Durant could have achieved if they played together for one more season in Brooklyn? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Abhishek Dhariwal

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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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