Kendrick Perkins relates Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant to characters from Batman and says Kyrie Irving is like Alfred.
A trade that was starting to feel more inevitable as time went by, finally took place last night, The Brooklyn Nets pulled the trigger on the James Harden trade and acquired him from the Houston Rockets. This was following Harden’s harsh comments towards his fellow Rockets teammates after a blowout loss to LeBron and the Lakers.
James Harden now has a star-studded cast around him with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Ever since the inception of the idea of Harden making his way to Brooklyn, the first thing everybody thought about was the fit.
Having 3 ball-dominant superstars who could all be the focal point of the offense will be tough for any coach to handle. Steve Nash needs to make it very clear who plays what role on the team, from the get-go.
Kendrick Perkins picks James Harden as the 2nd star behind Kevin Durant
Analogies are a great way to put a particular situation into perspective. Kendrick Perkins did just that by relating the newly formed Brooklyn big 3 to characters from Batman.
Perkins referred to Kyrie Irving as the Alfred, to James Harden’s Robin and Kevin Durant’s Batman. This would imply that Kendrick believes Kevin Durant and James Harden are the Nets’ one-two punch, with Kyrie Irving serving as a potential complimentary 3rd piece to that duo.
“Kevin Durant is gonna be the Batman, James Harden is gonna be the Robin, can Kyrie Irving handle being Alfred?”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) January 14, 2021
It remains to be seen how Coach Nash will execute an offense that involves all three superstars in a half court setting. Whether he goes all in on Harden-Durant PnR or makes Harden create some offense through off-ball movement like when he was in OKC, the Nets won’t really have a problem scoring the basketball.
Ultimately, the Nets’ success depends on Kyrie’s willingness to defer to James Harden and Kevin Durant. Kyrie will still get his touches and usual 25 ppg, but when it’s crunch time, Harden and Durant might become more ball dominant than the former.