James Harden’s honest feelings on decreased role with Nets alongside Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving
When news broke that James Harden was about to join forces with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in the Brooklyn Nets, many were skeptical as to how the new Big 3 would work. After all, all three players need the ball in their hands to be successful, most especially Harden who was used to being the main man in the Houston Rockets.
However, in the last few games, Harden has seemingly embraced his new role with the Nets fully.
Per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Harden recalled how different his role was in Houston compared to the Nets. The Beard, nonetheless, is not at all bothered with his new role.
“I was in a role for eight years controlling the ball, dominating the ball. Now, it’s a different experience for me, but it’s still great. It’s still basketball at the end of the day. I’m lucky to be able to do more than just one thing on the basketball court. It’s fun,” James Harden said.
Those who have watched Harden over the years know about his offensive outbursts. During his stint with the Rockets, Harden exploded for several 40, 50, and even 60-point games. He’s well-capable of doing the same with the Nets, but with Durant and Irving by his side, he has taken on the role of a distributor–putting his own scoring ways to the side.
Harden’s last 30-point game was in his second game donning a Nets jersey. After which, he’s been scoring 12-20 points game per night. For what it’s worth, his assist numbers have been playing around 10-14 per outing.