Charles Barkley says that Kevin Durant is the only proven selfless superstar on the Nets, unlike Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Now that the Brooklyn Nets have pulled off the James Harden acquisition, Steve Nash needs to focus on the hard part. This would be figuring out a way for their new big 3 to mesh together on offense, in way that provides enough touches to all three superstars.
Kyrie Irving and James Harden are perhaps two of the most ball dominant superstars in the past decade. The latter is quite nearly an offensive system of his own. It will be challenging to integrate talents such as James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving in a system together.
All 3 of these superstars can put up 40 points on any given night. It’ll be up to them to sacrifice for the others to flourish.
Charles Barkley doesn’t believe James Harden and Kyrie Irving will mesh together
Head Coach Steve Nash has his work cut out for him for the rest of the season. Finding a way to keep Kyrie, KD, and Harden happy with their role on the team will be quite difficult.
Charles Barkley doesn’t believe in the Brooklyn Nets’ ability to convince Kyrie Irving and James Harden to give up touches.
He said, “The only one of those three who has proven to me that he’s not selfish and not a ‘me’ guy is Kevin Durant. James Harden and Kyrie Irving have never proved to me that they just want to win. They only care about their numbers.”
“I don’t think it’s going to work at all. … Those other two guys (Harden and Irving) are offensive players. They don’t play defense. They don’t rebound. There’s only one basketball. This has zero chance of working.” – Charles Barkley on Nets trade (@dpshow)
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) January 14, 2021
This isn’t the first time Chuck has taken shots at James Harden and Kyrie Irving. His infamous “dribble dribble” quote is based off of Harden’s tendency to drain the shot clock out by just dribbling and then stepping back for a contested 3.
He also came up with the “Dribble brothers” moniker yesterday, in reference to Harden and Kyrie.