Hall of Famer Charles Barkley Feels Brooklyn Nets are Under the Most Pressure This Season

Published 05/22/2021, 4:54 PM EDT
Jan 16, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) high fives forward Kevin Durant (7) during a time out in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the top teams in the NBA this season. Having three superstars in James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant, the Nets have one of the most star-studded teams in the league.

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Their supporting cast of Jeff Green, Jor Harris, Blake Griffin, to name a few, make them one of the deepest teams in the league.

Given the quality of the team, the Nets have become one of the favorites to topple the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers as the champions of the NBA.

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Charles Barkley speaks about the Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn made it clear that they were competing for the championship once they pulled the trigger on the James Harden trade.

With their own big three of Harden, Durant, and Irving available, the Nets are hot favorites for the title and surely under tremendous pressure to go all the way.

Former MVP Charles Barkley also spoke about the same. In a recent appearance at the Dan Patrick show, Barkley spoke about whom he thinks is under the most pressure to succeed in the upcoming post-season.

The Nets got the most pressure of any team in the NBA. “They have to win a championship or else their season is not a success.”

The Nets are coming off of a regular season that was marred by injuries; however, despite missing their superstars for quite some time, the team displayed their quality and depth and secured the second spot in the East.

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Mar 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) dribbles in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

While critics weren’t the biggest fans of the Harden move, the 3-time scoring champion has flourished as the primary ball-handler for the team and has truly brought the best out of the team.

But the biggest question is whether Harden can prove his critiques wrong in the Playoffs. The Beard has often underperformed in his time with the Rockets.

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If he can maintain his regular-season form in the homecoming Playoffs, then there is no stopping the Nets in the upcoming postseason. Can James Harden lead the Nets to a championship? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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