The Brooklyn Nets have assembled a dream team of sorts this season with players like Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and KD in their ranks. Everyone expects them to win the championship this year. However, having so many star players in a single team also gives rise to the possibility of tempers flaring and clashing egos.
One such disaster was averted by Kyrie Irving and James Harden on Wednesday. During practice, Irving and “The Beard” had a brief chat discussing their respective positions.
Kyrie Irving said to Harden, “You’re the point guard, I’m going to play shooting guard.” This little talk thwarted any confusion they might have had on the court.
Kyrie Irving explains the conversation
After the 134-117 victory against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Irving spoke to ESPN about the training session. He said “I feel like he’s been doing a great job of just managing the point guard role, we established that maybe four days ago. I just looked at him and I said, ‘You’re the point guard, and I’m going to play shooting guard.’ That was as simple as that. He’s been taking control of the responsibilities and doing an incredible job. It just makes my job easier to go out and play free and just make plays. It’s a luxury. I just want to continue it.”
He also added, “It’s easy to play off somebody that’s willing to compliment your game and ready to sacrifice, and it’s easier to do so for me,” Irving said. “I think I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to show that playing with other great players, not just a USA or All-Star games, but capable of fitting it into a high-level group not just with scoring or passing, just continuing to do the little things and the details to win. That’s all I’m focused on.”
James Harden as a point guard
The position of a point guard is very new for Harden. However, when he was signing for the Nets, Harden told coach Steve Nash that he was up for anything the team wanted him to do. “I came to this team knowing they have two special scorers on this team,” Harden told ESPN reporters. “Obviously, I score when I need to, but as long as I’m getting everybody involved and Kyrie is getting the shots he wants, KD is getting the shots he wants, it’s pretty efficient. It seems to work well that way.”
James Harden: “I was in a role for 8 years controlling the ball, dominating the ball. Now, it’s a different experience for me, but it’s still great. It’s still basketball at the end of the day. I’m lucky to be able to do more than just one thing on the basketball court. It’s fun"
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 26, 2021
The Brooklyn Nets have a very experienced team this season. Subsequently, they have players who know what needs to be done to win championships.
Kyrie Irving aced the championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Kevin Durant won the championship many times with the Golden State Warriors.
The Nets currently sit third in the Eastern Conference table and are all set for the playoffs. Kyrie Irving on an interview about their championship hopes this season, said, “I’m telling you, the league’s going to be on notice when that happens,”