Colin Cowherd went OFF on Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving this morning for bailing on their previous teams.
Cowherd is a self-admitted fan of superteams, but he doesn’t like the circumstances in which the Nets came together. He went so far as to label the Nets’ Big 3 as ‘bailers’:
“James Harden has played more games with the Rockets than with KD and Kyrie. 8 games in Houston versus 7 games, good luck with that chemistry in the playoffs.”
“What’s likable about this Nets team? First of all, they’re all ‘bailers’. Basically, James Harden quit on Houston – he bailed. Kyrie quit on LeBron and Brad Stevens.”
“What’s likable about this Nets team? They’re all bailers. James Harden quit on Houston, Kyrie quit on LeBron & Brad Stevens… KD leaving Golden State? It was the most supportive place he could have been.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 21, 2021
“KD – I support leaving Westbrook…I got him leaving Westbrook. Leaving Golden State? Good God, that was the most supportive place he could have been in. The owner was sliding him into tech investments. The coach, the GM. Steph is the most selfless star alive.”
“And I’m a supporter of bailing. Anthony Davis and New Orleans – I got it, it was time. LeBron twice in Cleveland, I get it, go. But these guys bailed pretty good situations.”
How will lack of continuity between Kyrie, Harden and KD affect the Nets?
As Cowherd pointed out, it is a big deal for the Nets that their Big 3 has barely played together. As a result, their playoff rotations are totally up in the air. With Harden’s hamstring recovery hitting a snag, they have even less time to muster up some pre-playoff playing time together.
Nevertheless, the talent levels on this team are too damn high. We’re talking about 2 of maybe the 3 best scorers in the game today on the same team. All 3 of these guys are capable of going off for 30 points in a playoff setting on any given night.
The Nets’ major concern is still going to be how it defends behemoth big men like Giannis and Embiid. Nic Claxton is but a youngster with no playoff experience against 2 MVP candidates.
Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan look like toast on defense at this point in their careers. It will be interesting to see how MDA and Steve Nash scheme against the Bucks or Sixers.