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    Getty LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to Kevin Durant #35 The Brooklyn Nets have been a part of multiple trade discussions following their first round playoff elimination. They have been mentioned in trades for everyone from Rudy Gobert, D’Angelo Russell, Russell Westbrook, and more.  After it was reported that the Nets might be ‘unwilling‘ to sign Irving to a long-term extension, news quickly followed that this could cause uncertainty around Kevin Durant’s long-term status in Brooklyn as well. LeBron to Brooklyn? LeBron has publicly expressed a desire to team up with Kevin Durant in the past, and despite that, it was still surprising to see the two linked in a trade that would have the two teaming up with Kyrie Irving. The New York Daily News reported the possibility of the Nets landing LeBron James to team up with their star Kevin Durant.  “So what would it take for the Nets to add LeBron this offseason? Ben Simmons, who has three years worth about $114M left on his contract,” Kristian Winfield writes for the “New York Daily News”.  Winfield went on to examine...
    Getty Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. After being swept out of the first round by the Boston Celtics, there are many questions left to be answered about the Brooklyn Nets‘ future. One of those questions can be answered beginning on July 1. That is when Nets star Kyrie Irving will be eligible to sign an extension with the franchise for either 4-years, $184 million, or for 5-years, $248 million. The extension would pay him $42.7 million per year, which would make him the seventh highest-paid player in the NBA. Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks says the team’s decision on whether they will offer Kyrie a max extension this summer is still pending which has caused concern for some Nets fans. However, Kevin Durant’s agent Rich Kleiman says that Brooklyn’s failure to win a title has bloviated issues such as their hesitancy to extend Irving and Durant’s long-term future with the Nets. “Let me tell you about something that happens in the NBA. When you don’t win a championship, and sometimes even when you win a...
    Getty LeBron James picked a pair of Nets to team up with. The Brooklyn Nets have two future Hall of Famers on their roster in the starting lineup, and even that wasn’t enough to get out of the first round or even win a game against the Boston Celtics. There were a lot of distractions throughout the season, but with all of that behind them now Brooklyn can look forward to a healthy Ben Simmons joining the team and creating a new Big 3. Somebody else who’s sitting at home and watching the playoffs like the Nets is Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. On May 16 James held a questions and answers session on Twitter where he answered what fans had to ask. One of them asked if he could take any teammate, former or present, to team up with and go against Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, who would it be? He didn’t pick current Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, but he did pick a pair of Nets.LeBron Respects the Nets Duo Kobe, KD or Kyrie —...
    Getty Kevin Durant (left) and LeBron James. With a chance to avoid elimination in Game 4, the Brooklyn Nets came up short in their quest to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Nets fell 112-116 in their final game of the season to the Boston Celtics, and have been swept out of the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn entered the NBA season as the favorite to win the title. But after overcoming months of all types of turmoil within the organization, the Nets ultimately ran out of gas when they finally made it to the playoffs. Now that their season is over, the team is looking toward the NBA Draft and free agency, where they can hopefully improve their roster heading into next season. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Trade Proposal Has Nets, Lakers Swap Kyrie & Russell WestbrookIndividually, Nets superstars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are two of the most skilled players to ever grace an NBA court. They are also...
    Steve Nash said the Nets were not considering too heavily the risk of re-injury to Ben Simmons’ lower back. The head coach said the team was weighing whether the All-Star guard would be ready to play at all. “If he’s ready to play that means there’s limited risk of injury,” Nash said after practice on Sunday. “There’s always a risk, so the two kind of go hand-in-hand, but I don’t think anyone is thinking of ‘that’s a huge risk.’ It’s ‘Is he available? Is he ready to play? Can he contribute?’” Simmons has not played an NBA game in more than 10 months. He had an epidural in March to alleviate the pain caused by a herniated disc to return to form. Nash said the team (which likely means himself, the front office and the performance staff) has not discussed the possibility of re-injury much. Re-injury would make matters worse for the Nets, who face a 3-0 series deficit, which no team in NBA history has ever overcome. If Simmons plays in the Nets’ Game 4 playoff matchup against the...
    Getty Ben Simmons (left) and Jimmy Butler, as Sixers teammates Ben Simmons has sat out 54 games this season while dealing with alleged mental health issues. Funny what a change of scenery can do. Following a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons will travel with his new team to Miami for Saturday night’s game. That means Simmons will be in the building at FTX Arena for the Heat-Nets showdown at 8 p.m. The three-time All-Star reported to Brooklyn on Friday to undergo a physical and he’s “eager” to get on the court. Will he suit up and play against the Heat? Probably not. According to Nets general manager Sean Marks, it’s “too early to tell” when Simmons will make his season debut. Marks said they want to get him acclimated to his new teammates and run him through a few practices before throwing him out there. “We’re not going to put him out on the court where it’s detrimental to one, his health, and two, the camaraderie that can be built within the team,” Marks said, via Forbes....
    Getty Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyrie Irving at Barclays Center in 2020. For the Brooklyn Nets, having an All-Star trio of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant has already come at a hefty price. In the blockbuster trade that brought ‘The Beard’ to Brooklyn last January, the Nets had to part ways with several of their young players including Indiana Pacers wing Caris LeVert, and Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen. But that wasn’t all that the Nets lost in the Harden deal. The team also made the tough decision to part ways with rising guard Spencer Dinwiddie this past summer. Dinwiddie was sent to the Washington Wizards in a sign and trade on a 3-year / $62 million deal that paired him in the backcourt with All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He was expected to serve as a replacement for former NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook who was traded from the Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma last summer. Washington is sending Chandler Hutchinson and...
    Getty Patty Mills (L) high-fives Bruce Brown (R). The Brooklyn Nets signed point guard Patty Mills in the offseason in hopes of him being a spark plug off the bench, but there’s no way they could have predicted he was going to get off to this fast of a start. Mills came over from the Spurs in the offseason on a discounted deal at just two years for $12 million, but with the absence of Kyrie Irving over his vaccine hesitancy, the Nets have needed him to step up. Through four games, he’s shown that he can be a massive part of the team’s success, but he’ll likely settle down a bit from his torrid start. However, it’s clear he’s won his teammates over and will figure to be a big part of the team’s success going forward.Nothing But Love For Patty Getty With James Harden struggling to start the season, Mills has been hot at the very right time and he’s a big part of why the team is sitting at 2-2 instead of having a...
    Getty Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant (left) and James Harden (right) In a highly anticipated matchup between two favorites for this year’s title, the Brooklyn Nets and the reigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks faced off at the Fiserv Forum to kick off the NBA regular season. Reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo had himself a night. He scored 32 points accompanied by 14 rebounds and 7 assists. His team also put on a superior performance, with guard Khris Middleton scoring 20 points of his own and grabbing 9 rebounds. On the other side of the court, Kevin Durant and the Nets had a great outing, with the 2-time champion also scoring 32 points on 52% shooting from the field. As for the rest of his unit, superstar guard James Harden had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, shooting 50% from behind the arc. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and the Bucks walked away with the win.  The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy...
    On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets decided to ban star Kyrie Irving from the team until he gets vaccinated. Unfortunately, he has also been abandoned by his teammates, who have remained silent during his fight for his liberty. Irving has insisted that his vaccination decisions are not for the NBA, his team, or the City of New York to mandate and has stood for his liberty as an American citizen to make his own medical decisions. But on Tuesday, Nets General Manager Sean Marks announced that Irving would be benched for the season unless he takes one of the various coronavirus vaccines. Irving’s decision to forego the vaccine “restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability,” Marks said. Statement from Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/Wc1DShB2Zv — Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) October 12, 2021 If Irving were to stay an active player, he would have missed at least half the season because he would not be able to play home games...
    Share this: In a perfect world, Kyrie Irving would step out onto the Barclays Center hardwood Friday night with the rest of his teammates, fully vaccinated or at the very least the recipient of one shot to protect against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But there has been nothing even close to perfect about the Brooklyn Nets’ preseason to date, due mainly to the mysterious status of Irving, who will not be allowed to practice or play alongside his teammates anywhere in New York City until he has proof of vaccination. Irving missed Tuesday’s practice at the team’s facility in Sunset Park on Tuesday and Nets head coach Steve Nash intimated that there was no plan to have the team practice outside of the city limits so that Irving could participate.
    Getty In the summer of 2016, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant had a major decision to make concerning his basketball future. Durant had become one of the most decorated stars in the NBA as a former league Most Valuable Player, scoring champion, and multiple-time All-Star. The only thing missing from his resume was becoming an NBA champion. Durant had come closer than ever to his first NBA title that season after he and the Oklahoma City Thunder held a 3-1 lead on the defending champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State however pulled off a historic upset and stormed back to win the series in seven games. Durant then had to decide whether he was going to stick with the Oklahoma City Thunder in hopes of delivering the franchise its first-ever NBA title or try to win elsewhere. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Durant Responds to Claims That He Had Beefs With Warriors FansDurant shocked the world when he...
    Kevin Durant will likely be the only superstar the Brooklyn Nets will have when the team plays the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of their second-round playoff matchup on Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving went down with an ankle injury in Game 4 and will not play in the tie-breaking game while James Harden, who hasn’t played since Game 1 after aggravating his hamstring, was upgraded to doubtful to play with speculation swirling about his status hours before tip-off. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Durant, at this point, will likely be relied upon solely to carry the Nets and hope the role players surrounding him will pick up the slack.  When asked about the possibility of not having Irving and Harden, the 11-time All-Star didn’t appear to feel any added pressure.  "I picture me doing everything out there just like I do every night," Durant told reporters Monday via SNY. "Some more than others, I might have to handle the ball more, might have to post up more, just gotta be prepared to do everything out there, just...
    Kyrie Irving is helping to honor Kobe Bryant’s legacy. The Brooklyn Nets player recently gifted his entire team with hoodies from the Mambacita clothing line that Vanessa Bryant created in honor of her late daughter Gianna’s 15th birthday. Bryant, 38, and daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 21 months, modeled the collection’s tie-dye sweatsuits on Instagram last week, announcing that the designs would be available in unisex and children’s sizes. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, the nonprofit founded in Kobe and Gianna’s memory to help fund sports programs in underserved communities. Irving, 29, was devastated when his idol and very close friend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020; he has repeatedly pushed for the NBA to change its logo from an image of Jerry West to one of Bryant.
    Getty It might be in Kevin Durant’s best interest to dial down his presence on Twitter. As it’s been recently noted, the Brooklyn Nets star has more tweets (24,200) than he does points in the NBA (23,594). To each their own. For the fans, Durant’s social media is a constant source of entertainment. It was the case again on Tuesday, when the 11-time All-Star appeared to mistakenly create a lot of noise by liking one tweet. ALL the latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Durant Likes Tweet Trashing Steph CurryThe thread started where they all start: With a hypothetical, impossible-to-definitively proof assertion that quickly attracted trolls and devolved into a pointless debate. Typical internet stuff. “With all due respect you can’t tell me LeBron doesn’t bring the Warriors to the playoffs,” @ClappedFranklin tweeted late Monday night. More than a dozen tweets into the thread, @sleiman_jp uncorked a sentiment that somehow drew Durant’s attention. “Kevin Durant was better than Steph curry both those years,” @sleiman_jp tweeted....
    Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant named the top five teammates he’s ever played with in his NBA career. Kevin Durant has been in the NBA for nearly 15 seasons, spanning across the Seattle SuperSonics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors and now the Brooklyn Nets. Considering the amount of talent Durant has played with on all of those squads, many are wondering who he considers to be the best. During an appearance on the “Million Dollaz Worth of Game Podcast,” Durant provided his top five best teammates of all time in descending order. Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Klay Thompson crack Durant’s list. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ESPN (@espn) Kevin Durant lists his top five teammates he’s ever played withNot the most shocking list of players, if we are being perfectly honest. It is interesting to note, as evidenced in the Instagram post above, that Durant originally left out Westbrook for Serge Ibaka. But when he was reminded of Westbrook, he slated him between Curry and Thompson for fourth on the...
    Stars have gravity. It’s what keeps everything perfectly aligned. It’s the same way in sports as it is in space. And in Kevin Durant’s first game in nearly two months, his gravity was on display — from the way he pulled New Orleans’ defense out of shape to the way he changed Brooklyn’s offense. “He’s going to put a lot of pressure, he’s going to create space for his teammates, and he’s going to make the defense really react and potentially overreact a lot,” coach Steve Nash said. “He makes us quite a lot better, stating the obvious. “He’s going to make guys better. He demands a lot of attention and creates a lot of space on the floor. He’s a shotmaker, but he creates a lot for his teammates as well, whether it’s through passing or his presence. … He affects his teammates so positively, so a lot of the combinations are going to improve because of him being back.” The effect was clear and immediate in a 139-111 thrashing of New Orleans on Wednesday. Kevin DurantAP Returning from...
    More On: brooklyn nets Breaking down NBA Power Rankings for bettors Nets put on show in Kevin Durant’s return Nets admit obvious about Big 3 issue: ‘not ideal’ How concerned should the Nets be with their injury woes? Stars have gravity. It’s what keeps everything perfectly aligned. It’s the same way in sports as it is in space. And in Kevin Durant’s first game in nearly two months, his gravity was on display — from the way he pulled New Orleans’ defense out of shape to the way he changed Brooklyn’s offense. “He’s going to put a lot of pressure, he’s going to create space for his teammates, and he’s going to make the defense really react and potentially overreact a lot,” coach Steve Nash said. “He makes us quite a lot better, stating the obvious. “He’s going to make guys better. He demands a lot of attention and creates a lot of space on the floor. He’s a shotmaker, but he creates a lot for his teammates as well, whether it’s through passing or his presence. … He...
    More On: brooklyn nets No-name Net made all the difference with stars out Nets facing trouble with major James Harden blow Knicks’ recipe for another lost lead was twofold Concerning Knicks trend exposed once again Kevin Durant is finally making his long-awaited return to the court Wednesday night. The Brooklyn star has missed 23 straight games with a left hamstring strain, but the Nets have cleared him to play against visiting New Orleans at Barclays Center. Durant hasn’t played since Feb. 13, when he led the Nets to a victory at Golden State against his former Warriors teammates. But he suffered the hamstring injury and has been sidelined for nearly two months. In recent weeks, Durant has been ramping up for his comeback, playing four-on-four and working on his conditioning. Last week he spoke with reporters and said a return was imminent. “I feel great. I feel like it’ll be soon that I’ll be out there with my teammates. The last month or so, it’s been me working out every day,” Durant said. “Playing with my teammates but mainly...
    Getty Golden State Warriors rookie James Wiseman is starting to get the hang of things nearing the last couple of months of the NBA regular season. Although he struggled near the beginning of the season and even lost his starting position, he is starting to establish himself as a more dominant big man. His growth has been noticeable and celebrated by his fellow teammates and coaching staff. In a press conference on Monday, the rookie revealed that some of his progress can be owed to conversations with Brooklyn Nets’ superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Kevin Durant Offers Advice Getty Having a lot of faith in the 7-foot-1 big man, the Warriors selected Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. During his career so far, Wiseman has been offered advice from fellow veteran teammates Draymond Green and Stephen Curry. Along with advice from his fellow teammates, advice has been given to him from players in other organizations across the league. When asked which veterans of opposing teams have aided him at the beginning...
    The Nets’ Big Three was officially pared down to a Big Zero, with James Harden a late scratch from Wednesday’s game at NBA-leading Utah. After suffering a neck injury in Sunday’s win, Harden had been listed as questionable and very much in doubt right through pregame warmups Tuesday in Portland before suiting up and leading the Nets to a come-from-behind victory. But questionable again a day later, he sat against the Jazz. “(Wednesday) when I wake up, if I feel like I can go, I’ll go,” Harden had said. “It’s that simple.” Harden had cited the fact that the Nets needed him, playing shorthanded without Kevin Durant (hamstring) and Kyrie Irving (family matter). When asked by the Post whether he would’ve sat out Tuesday’s game had Brooklyn’s other two All-Stars been available, he replied he just wants to play whenever he’s able. “Throughout the course of my career, I love to hoop. I love to be out there and taking on the challenge of finding ways to win games,” Harden said. “In basketball, everything isn’t going...
    NBA All-Star Julius Randle had to be restrained by his teammates Monday night after a controversial call in the final minutes of the Knicks-Nets game gave way to Brooklyn’s fifth straight win. The Knicks fought hard to get within reach of the Nets after trailing by 18 points in the first half. At 115-112 and with just seconds left, Randle went up for a 3-point attempt when Nets defender Kyrie Irving appeared to get a hand on the ball.  PATRICK EWING FURIOUS AFTER GETTING STOPPED BY MSG SECURITY: ‘IS MY NUMBER IN THE RAFTERS OR WHAT?’ The 26-year-old forward didn’t take the shot and dribble the ball before taking another but referee Scott Foster called a traveling violation. Randle pleaded his case to no avail but he wasn’t finished. After the buzzer, he went to approach Foster again but had to be restrained by several teammates before eventually being ushered back to the locker rooms by Knicks senior vice president William Wesley.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP When asked about the call after the game, Randle said...
    The Brooklyn Nets continued their demolition run as they beat the Boston Celtics tonight. They were led by Kyrie Irving, who showed no mercy to his former team. But his ruthlessness lasted only during the game, as he embraced his former teammates after the win. Since his move to the Nets, Irving has often been criticized for being a ‘locker room menace’ in Boston. However, his post-game love for his former Celtics teammates has proven that those rumors are false and exaggerated. During the post-game interview, reporters asked Irving about this incident. Irving replied, “Big surprise, huh, to a lot of people? All that sh*t talking about me and all the relationships I have with every teammate of mine.” It is a slap in the face to all who criticized him unfairly. Along with that, his excellent on-court performance would have made the criticisms against him even more unsubstantiated. Nets star Kyrie Irving doesn’t spare his former team Playing in their 10th game without Kevin Durant, the Nets had a tough task against the Celtics. But right from...
    Getty Brooklyn's Kyrie Irving hugs Boston's Kemba Walker after the Nets 121-109 win at Barclays Center on March 11, 2021 in New York City. Kyrie Irving went off again Thursday night, dropping 40 points on 15-of-23 shooting to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 121-109 win over the Boston Celtics in their first game back from the All-Star break. After the game, Irving unloaded a few more fireworks. ALL the latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Irving Bashes MediaAfter the game, Irving, who spent two seasons with the Celtics between 2017-19, was seen hugging some of his former Boston teammates on his way off the floor at Barclays Center. Irving was asked about those cordial exchanges after the game. He didn’t hold back. “Big surprise huh?… All that sh**-talking about me and my former teammates,” Irving said, per ESPN’s Malika Andrews. When noted that Kyrie Irving hugged his former Celtics teammates on his way off the floor tonight — Irving says: "Big surprise huh?… All...
    Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving had an emphatic mic drop against his former team, the Boston Celtics. Irving’s falling out in Boston is well-documented, with former teammates going as far as to (anonymously) rip him for being a bad teammate. Now two seasons removed from that Celtics drama, Irving has pretty clearly won over the public perception — as winning tends to do — with the Brooklyn Nets. In his latest matchup with his friends turned foes, Irving gave Boston yet another reminder of what they lost. Irving dropped a 40 piece, making 15-of-23 shots from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. As this point, even Celtics ownership has acknowledged how much losing Irving hurt the team’s championship chances. CEO Wyc Grousbeck stated on the record that Irving’s departure created a “domino effect” that’s still hampering the Celtics now.Dropping 40 wasn’t the most satisfying part of the night for Kyrie IrvingIrving didn’t need to prove anything on the court to NBA fans or the Celtics, but the efforts by his own colleagues to tarnish his name clearly had...
    Getty Houston's P.J. Tucker hugs Nets star and former teammate James Harden at the end of the game at Toyota Center on March 03, 2021 in Houston, Texas. There were cheers. There were boos. There was emotion and reflection and a video tribute. This, after all, was James Harden’s night. It was The Beard’s first back in Houston since he was traded from the Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets on January 14.. Accordingly, Wednesday’s Nets-Rockets matchup became appointment television not for the game itself, but for how Harden would be received in his return to the city in which he played for eight-plus seasons. ALL the latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! No Love Lost Between Harden, Ex-TeammatesThere were some doubts about how Harden would be received by not only the Houston fans in attendance at Toyota Center, but even his ex-Rockets teammates given the tumultuous way things ended between Harden and the team. From the fans, there were some boos but also plenty of...
    Getty The Brooklyn Nets squared off against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, in what would be Kevin Durant‘s first game in the Bay Area since signing with the Nets in 2019. He would go on to score 20 points, along with 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks as the Nets took the win 134-117. After the game, former teammates Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry met with the Slim Reaper and embraced him, a reunion for the two-time world champions. Draymond Green would take it a step further, though, and give high praise for KD and his skill. View this post on Instagram A post shared by House of Highlights (@houseofhighlights) Draymond Green Thinks Kevin Durant Is UnstoppableIn a postgame interview via Mark Medina of USA Today, Green responded to a question about what he learned playing with Durant. “Just how no one in the world can stop him,” he said. “And even after playing tonight, I still don’t think anyone in the world can stop him.” This isn’t the first time Green...
    Getty Brooklyn's Kevin Durant and Golden State's Stephen Curry share a laugh after the Nets defeated the Warriors 134-117 at Chase Center on February 13, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Before signing with the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 offseason, Kevin Durant spent three seasons with the Golden State Warriors. He packed a lot into those three campaigns, including two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards and three All-Star game appearances. Along the way, he fostered some close relationships with his Warriors teammates — that much was clear after Nets-Warriors on Saturday night.Heartfelt Moment Between Durant and Former TeammatesSaturday’s game at Chase Center represented Durant’s first return to the Bay Area since his departure. For the 6-foot-10 future Hall of Famer, it was an emotional night, complete with a video tribute honoring him before the game, and some heartfelt moments after it. After Durants’ Nets trounced the Warriors 134-117, Durant was caught giving her a hug to three of his former teammates: Thompson (who didn’t play and is out for the season to due a torn Achilles),...
    Collin Sexton did not dribble with the artistic flow of Kyrie Irving as he destroyed the Nets in double-overtime, but his pull-up jumpers and drives against Irving and Kevin Durant carried a lethal dose. In the span of 1:31, Sexton scored 11 points on his own, including three 3-pointers in the face of Brooklyn defenders. He finished the game with a career-high 42 points, five rebounds, five assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes as his Cavaliers beat the Nets 147-135. The performance came as the Nets played their first game with Irving, Durant and newly acquired James Harden on the floor together, spoiling a night in which Irving scored 37 points of his own. MORE: Trae Young responds to Steve Nash’s criticism Sexton, now in his third NBA season, isn’t far removed from being a rookie subjected to vitriol from his own teammates. Back then, Cavaliers veterans anonymously ripped him to the media and said he didn’t “know how to play.” His teammates Wednesday night doused him in water and shouted, “Yeah, boy!” Sexton is now firmly part...
    NBA James Harden in his new Brooklyn Nets threads. After months of trade rumors and speculation, James Harden is set to make his debut as a member of the Brooklyn Nets tonight as his new squad takes on the Orlando Magic. The trade was officially completed on Saturday according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. James Harden is listed available to make his Brooklyn Nets debut tonight against the Magic. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 16, 2021 Talent Alone Won’t Be Enough for BrooklynBetween James, Kyrie, and KD the trio has won three NBA championships, seven scoring titles, and two league’s most valuable player awards. Brooklyn’s three stars are way past individual awards at this point in their careers. Understanding that no man is bigger than the team is what will help this team reach their ultimate goal of a championship. Harden emphasized that on Friday. “I think all of us are very, very smart,” James said. “Like I said, we are very unselfish and we know what’s at stake. It’s a matter of coaches putting us in...
    Getty Kevin Durant and Steve Nash during a recent Brooklyn Nets practice. On Friday, the Brooklyn Nets suffered their worst loss of the season. Kevin Durant and company fell 96-114 to a young and hungry Atlanta Hawks team who are most definitely on the rise in the Eastern Conference. While the Hawks were looking to avenge themselves from their loss to Brooklyn in the previous game, Steve Nash and his star-studded squad had their opportunities to get the game under control. Nash decided to take a more unconventional approach. Nash Didn’t Call Timeout During Early Hawks Run One would think that when the Hawks opened an 11-point lead in the second quarter that they would never relinquish, Nash could have slowed down the young Hawks’ momentum by simply calling a timeout. Nash, in his first year as head coach in Brooklyn, wanted to allow the Nets to work through the growing pains. By not bailing them out by calling a timeout. “It was early,” Nash told Kristian Winfield of the Daily News. “I want to give them an...
    Before the Nets opened the season against Golden State, all the attention was on Kevin Durant’s Achilles. Now with Kyrie Irving’s Christmas Day return to Boston, the scrutiny will be on the All-Star’s attitude. Irving will demure he’s not the Nets leader. Salty Celtics fans will claim he couldn’t lead if he tried. But here’s the thing: The way Brooklyn is built — with Durant’s quiet nature and the departure of several steadying veterans — Irving is going to be looked to whether he wants to admit it or not. “You look up after practice and Kevin, Ky are always out there. Caris [LeVert] is following them closely and is extremely hard-working,” coach Steve Nash said. “Our guys have great routines, they have great focus and they definitely are influenced by the amount of work and effort that Kevin and Ky put in.” While both Durant and Irving put in work, Durant is laconic and Irving is loquacious. The irony is that while Irving has had issues speaking (or not speaking) to the media, his star status combined with vocal...
    Kyrie Irving denied criticizing LeBron James after saying he finally has a teammate he trusts in Nets colleague Kevin Durant. Irving and Durant teamed up in Brooklyn ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season, though the latter is yet to play since his blockbuster switch from the Warriors because of an Achilles injury. A 2016 NBA champion alongside James with the Cavaliers, Irving caused a stir during his appearance on Durant’s new podcast. Addressing crunch-time situations and clutch moments, Irving — who arrived from the Celtics via free agency — said: “One thing I’ve always been comfortable with, I felt like I was the best option on every team I played for down the stretch. “This is the first time in my career I’ve looked down and be like, ‘That motherf—er can make that shot, too. And he’ll probably do it a lot easier.’ “It’s not so much deferring, because in past situations where I didn’t take the last shot I felt guilty. I want this game-winning shot, but also you want to trust your teammates. Not that I didn’t trust...
    They haven’t played a game together yet, but Kyrie Irving say he trusts Kevin Durant more than any past teammate at crunch time. The Brooklyn Nets formed their star duo last offseason, pairing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency. But Durant of course missed this entire past season as he worked his way back from  ruptured Achilles. Irving only played 20 games in his first season with the Nets due to a right shoulder injury. Irving is known for saying some odd or interesting things at times. During his appearance on Durant’s “The ETCs” podcast, his thoughts on the role of new Nets head coach Steve Nash qualified. But Irving also said he trusts Durant more than anyone to make clutch shots. Kyrie says playing with KD is the first time hes been able to defer late in games ???? (via @boardroom | @boardroompods) pic.twitter.com/qkJG5L9o2y — ESPN (@espn) October 1, 2020 Kyrie Irving is ready to defer to Kevin DurantIrving noted he wasn’t trying to slight any past teammates. But he “felt guilty” when he wasn’t taking the...
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