Kevin Durant is the Only ‘Unselfish’ Player in Brooklyn Nets New Trio, Claims Charles Barkley

Published 01/15/2021, 12:58 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


The Brooklyn Nets recently made one of the biggest trades in NBA history. On Thursday morning, news broke that the Nets had traded several players and picks to the Rockets in exchange for superstar James Harden. The ‘Beard’ had demanded a trade prior to the start of the season as there were several changes made to the Houston Rockets organization.

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Chuck not impressed with the new trio in Brooklyn

NBA legend Charles Barkley reacted to the trade and unlike most people, he is not very excited about the new trio of Harden, KD, and Kyrie Irving. He believes that other than KD, no one in the trio has proven that they care about the team over their own numbers. Furthermore, he is unsure about the trio sharing the ball efficiently.

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Barkley said, “The only one of those three guys who has proven to me he’s not selfish and not a ‘me guy’ is KD. KD went to Golden State and he sacrificed. James Harden and Kyrie Irving have never shown me ‘no I just want to win, that’s the most important thing’.” 

“Only one of those three guys who has proven to me he’s not selfish and not a ‘me guy’ is KD.”

Chuck weighs in on Brooklyn’s new trio. pic.twitter.com/QC8yRP04P7

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 15, 2021

Barkley further questioned whether Kyrie and Harden would be willing to get less of the ball and play more defense as long as it meant that the team would win. He doesn’t think that the two will sacrifice their personal success and numbers for the good of the team.

“You got KD, he’s unselfish. The other two guys proved to me they just care about their number. I don’t think they’re going to make the sacrifice. They’re going to get less shots. Are those two guys going to say ‘you know what, I’m just going to play hard and play defense and not worry about my individual number’? And to me, that’s a hell no.”

Brooklyn Nets must get trio to play together.

Barkley further remarked, “I think they are sick of Kyrie already. We’ve got to make this James Harden trade because we cannot count on Kyrie.”

Dec 30, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter (12) and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Barkley made some valid points with regards to the new trio. Harden has been an offensive juggernaut since he joined the Rockets. However, he was the primary ball-handler for them. Additionally, Harden fell out with several All-Star teammates like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook.

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Kyrie has also been a locker room problem for much of his career. He fell out with his teammates such as LeBron James in Cleveland, and Jayson Tatum in Boston. However, Irving and Durant are very close friends, and perhaps that friendship can help matters of chemistry in the team.

Can the new-look Brooklyn Nets reach the NBA finals? With one of the best trios in NBA history, they have a real chance. However, they must figure out their chemistry concerns as the season goes forward.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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