Lakers’ Frank Vogel and LeBron James Not Worried About James Harden Moving to The Nets

Published 01/14/2021, 12:45 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball ahead of James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter of a game at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


After months of speculation, the Houston Rockets finally traded away James Harden. They sent him to the Brooklyn Nets where he teams up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

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Lakers star LeBron James and coach Frank Vogel commented on this trade which has shaken up the league. Following the Lakers’ victory against the Thunder, LeBron was asked about his reaction to the trade. But he barely had anything to say on the matter.

He said, “Don’t really have too much of a reaction. Trades are things that happen every year. For me, my main focus is on what we do here and how we continue to get better. Trades happened today and I couldn’t allow myself to indulge in that knowing that we had a game that we had to play tonight.”

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Coach Vogel only had one concern, and that was chemistry. He said, “They’re obviously loaded with star power now. We’ll see how they can gel.”

Should the Lakers be worrying more about James Harden and the Nets?

The Nets now have arguably the most firepower in the league. They now have two MVPs on the same team, and they also have Kyrie Irving who has the championship DNA. Both Durant and Harden are considered two of the best scorers of their generation while Irving is also a genius on offense.

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While losing Caris LeVert won’t hurt, the loss of Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince will sting because this makes their big man rotation weak. They will have to use Durant to guard the likes of Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo because DeAndre Jordan is too slow for that. Jordan is also a poor perimeter defender, so he is ineffective against any big man with a jump shot.

Jan 12, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

That will force Harden to guard LeBron, and that hasn’t gone pleasantly for the Beard in the past. The Nets also don’t have anyone to counter Montrezl Harrell. His explosiveness in the paint could prove too much to deal with for the Nets.

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If the Lakers are not worried, they are entitled to do so considering they know where they stand. They don’t have a big 3 like the Nets, but overall, they still seem stronger.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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