Nets’ Kyrie Irving reveals what Kevin Durant, James Harden can learn from his Cavs’ Big 3 with LeBron James, Kevin Love
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving is no stranger to being part of a superteam, having been alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love back in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lone championship in 2016. Fast forward to today, Uncle Drew is part of another Big 3 after James Harden joined him and Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.
As the Nets try to temper the expectations surrounding the league’s latest superstar trio, Irving claimed that his team could take a page out of that 2016 Cavs unit.
“It took resolve, compromise, sacrifice and communication for that team to work,” Irving said, per Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.
“We had a great collection of gamers, hoopers. So when we jelled, it was just playing the game the right way, and if we weren’t jelling, we were just trying to climb back out of things because we were just throwing our talent everywhere. We knew coming into every game that we had a great chance to win. It took time, and it took communication, so to your point, as I take you down memory lane, it just took a lot of resolve and honest communication.”
Kyrie Irving and company took on the powerhouse Golden State Warriors in the Finals that year in a classic series that stretched seven games. After trailing 3-1, the Cavs stormed back and won three straight to capture the Larry O’Brien trophy. It was Kyrie who delivered the dagger in Game 7 that sealed the victory.
While the jury is still out if the Nets can achieve the same level of greatness that the ’16 Cavs did, Kyrie Irving remains optimistic about his new team’s chances.