James Harden is frustrated in Brooklyn according to report


Life with the Brooklyn Nets hasn't been all rosy for James Harden.

Life with the Brooklyn Nets hasn’t been all rosy for James Harden.
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James Harden may come to realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side when it comes to life in Brooklyn after last year’s bust and how this season has been going so far. A recent report from Bleacher report points out that Harden is frustrated with Kyrie Irving’s part-time status and the drafting rotations of head coach Steve Nash. Harden was asked about the reports following Brooklyn’s 106-96 loss to the Lakers Tuesday night and claimed he has no idea where these reports came from.

I’m no body language expert, but Harden looks more annoyed at the reporter asking the question than anything else. He says he knows nothing about these reports, but he did not deny being unhappy in Brooklyn. Whether Harden is happy with the Nets or not will become clear soon enough. But I’m sure most people can understand Harden’s displeasure maybe after watching this team and what they’ve accomplished, which isn’t much at the moment. Oh yeah, and the fact that since Harden arrived last year, the trio played less than 20 matches in one calendar year. Just knowing that stat is frustrating enough. Harden has to go through it every day.

Assembling a Big 3 in the NBA should be a one-way trip to easy street and NBA championships. We all remember how the Golden State Warriors dominated when their Big 3 was formed. They played three finals in a row and won the first two convincingly. The Big 3 Celtics won quickly, the Heat went on to win four consecutive Finals in a row, then LeBron James did it again in Cleveland, making four more consecutive Finals appearances with that Big 3 and winning one. All those teams made it to the final in the first year. Brooklyn has to be there in its second year to call this a success.

On top of Harden’s alleged “accident” with the current state of the Nets, rumors about Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia 76er’s interest in Trading Ben Simmons keep popping up for him as the season goes on. With these reports of Harden being unhappy in Brooklyn, the ongoing Kyrie situation and Kevin Durant being sidelined with an injury, it’s pretty easy to see why Harden would be frustrated. Against the Lakers, Harden had no Irving (home game) or Durant on the floor. He forced himself to Brooklyn to be part of a Big 3, not a Big 1, like in Houston.

It’s NBA Finals of failure for the Nets at this point. Reaching the finals in 2022 should be the bare minimum for this Brooklyn team. Harden has a player option for next year, but if the Nets can’t make it to the championship round, I can see Harden’s frustration boiling. If the Nets can somehow make their way to the finals, they better hope the Golden State Warriors aren’t on the other side of that coin. Should that be the case, Kyrie will be seated for that entire series due to Brooklyn and San Francisco’s COVID mandates.

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