Joe Harris reacts to passing Jason Kidd for Nets’ all time leader in made 3s
Some history was made in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Nets hosted the Miami Heat with one of their key starters on the precipice of team history. Joe Harris entered the game just two triples shy from tying Jason Kidd’s franchise leading record for 3s made. The eight-year veteran out of Virginia was three makes shy of breaking the record before tip off. It didn’t him too long to top the Nets all-time list.
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Before the game, which the Nets lost 106-93, coach Steve Nash had high praise for Joe Buckets.
“I mean he’s an elite shooter for a reason,” offered Nash about Joe Harris. “His dedication and discipline to do it every day is outstanding and that’s why he is where he is. I don’t think that anyone thought when he was in high school or college he’d be the Nets’ all-time leader in 3 pointers so I think that’s just a tribute to how dedicated and how much he’s willing to sacrifice to continue to grow as a player and to be in that type of category.”
The final score indicates that the Nets struggled to put enough points on the board. Harris did his part, from downtown at least. He shot 5-for-11, good for 45.5 percent from deep on the evening, his best clip since the opener when he went 3-for-5. The new record sits at 816 total threes made in the uniform.
It may have been a bitter-sweet postgame, since we know what a competitor Harris is. The team wasn’t exactly in celebration mode. They clearly miss Kyrie Irving, and James Harden is struggling. The Beard seems limited by a long off season rehabbing his hamstring as well as adjusting to new rule changes. The team got destroyed on the glass 62-42 and gave up 17 offensive rebounds to the Heat. That type of effort won’t sit well with Nash’s group.
But this record is a very big deal and Harris was asked if he might find a way to enjoy this milestone nonetheless. He passes a Hall-of-Famer, and a Nets’ legend in Jason Kidd who led the team to back-t0-back finals appearances in the early 2000’s.
“Yeah I mean,” Joe Harris explained, “it’s definitely, it is amazing just the fact that you’re on a leaderboard like that with some great players that have played here over the years. I’m sure had J-Kidd been playing in this day and age he’d probably have made a lot more threes.” Harris continued. “So again I’m fortunate for just the time that we’re in. And being here long enough where I can accomplish something like that.”
Smokin’ Joe can add to the record on Friday when the team (2-3) will host the Pacers and look to bounce back.