The Brooklyn Nets are now likely to pull off the trade of the season. Rockets star James Harden has shown interest in coming to Brooklyn, and the Nets are eager to pair him up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Harden has now officially dropped a trade request as well.
While this team-up with Durant and Irving sounds exciting, former NBA champion Ray Allen has issued a cautionary notice.
He said, “If you look at Kyrie… Harden if this happens, and then Kevin Durant, it’s going to be extremely difficult. For them to get along.
“Personality-wise they might be straight, but then on the court, it could cause trouble which could ultimately affect their relationship.”
All three of them are ball-dominant players. Allen mentioned how Durant learned how to play team-ball during his stint at Golden State, but he is worried about Harden and Irving.
He believes that while they may be friends now, on-court disputes could ultimately affect that relationship.
After leaving the SuperSonics, Allen was part of a super-team with the Celtics. So he had to learn how to play as a team-player after being the star at Seattle.
That made it very tough for him, but eventually, he won a title, which he admits was his toughest achievement. “Winning a championship in ’08 was the most difficult thing I had to do.
“Because I come from Seattle where I shoot the ball 18-19 times in the game. And (then) I go to Boston where I shoot 8-9 times a game.”
Later, the 2-time NBA champion spoke about how Harden needs to be able to share the ball with Irving. That could potentially be the deciding factor if the team heads towards greatness or ends up being a train wreck.
“It’s gonna take specifically Harden because now you got Kyrie who’s a primary ball-handler, both of them need to figure out how we share the responsibility of how do we operate as a team.
“If they’re willing to do that, it could be amazing what they accomplish, but if not it could be a train wreck.”
This team-up would make the Nets the best team in the league, and they will be heavily favored to win. But like Allen mentions, it will not be possible if the trio doesn’t learn how to play as a team.
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