James Harden marveled at the potential firepower the Brooklyn Nets will showcase once he finally shares the court with fellow NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Harden made NBA history as the first player to notch a 30-point triple-double in his debut with a new team, keying the Nets to a rousing 122-115 win over the Orlando Magic.
Ending an eight-year stint with the Houston Rockets, the former NBA MVP marked his arrival in Brooklyn with 32 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds.
Durant, who played with Harden during their Oklahoma City Thunder days, was just as impressive with 42 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
Meanwhile, Irving missed his sixth consecutive game due to personal reasons and health and safety protocols.
“Great team win! We didn’t even have [Irving] tonight. Scary hours. Wow!” Harden wrote on his Instagram Stories.
Fans and pundits expressed skepticism how the Nets’ new “Big Three” will work, especially with all of them being known as volume scorers who thrive on isolation plays.
But Harden said he is ready to adjust to his new situation.
“I’m very unselfish. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win,” Harden said.
“Obviously KD is an elite and a different type of basketball player as far as the way he is able to score the basketball, it is so easy for him. I know that. I just want to make it a little bit more easier if I can.”
“For the rest of the teammates, our shooters and our bigs, I’ll make it easier for them,” he added. – Rappler.com