Specifically, the Nets’ new Big 3 could not be commented on, as their deal for James Harden was unofficial.Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said three superstars on the pitch together. Must always be “ sacrificed ”
But one Eastern Conference NBA scout told The Post it was easier said than done with the Nets’ fresh-bearded three Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyri Irving, who founded it. Up on Wednesday, making the NBA listen
The scout was most closely related to the chemistry between Harden and Irving.
“It’s in the works,” NBA scouts said. “You have two of the five players with the most possession of the ball in the league. I watch Houston against John Wall and Harden and maybe because of the problem. But that doesn̵7;t seem like a comfortable environment for Harden with Wall-dominated football. Then you have Durant that I wouldn’t say is the one who has the ball. But it needs a lot of touch. ”
At least Harden and Durant played together in Oklahoma City. But before Harden became the league’s top scorer, averaging at least 29 points in five consecutive seasons in Houston.
“The dynamic between Harden and Irving is key,” the scout added. “Durant is adaptable at Golden State. [Klay] Thompson is not a man who needs football. Had to touch less for those big 3, their defense was worse. Harden was not a guard and they lost. [Jarrett] Allen ”
Another NBA talent assessor wondered if the Brooklyn Dream Team would run as nimble as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s Miami Dream team.
“In Miami, you have a hierarchy – LeBron, Wade and Bosh,” he said. “Who shot the game on the line? ”
Thibodeau was an assistant coach on the Celtics’ 2008 team that had her own Big 3.
“It has the same challenge feeling,” Thibodeau says. “I knew it in Boston when we had Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. That’s a big question. I think great players tend to figure out how to play. They also make the other players much better. So I think it’s not as difficult as most people think. I think the biggest challenge is the willingness that everyone will make the sacrifice. If that happens, usually very good results. ”
The Nets got their money into their future, many of them quit the first round and chose to trade. But the goal in each of the next three seasons is to win the first NBA championship in the history of the franchise. There will probably be two names – though without Allen and Caris LeVert.
“They gave up many players. But they have a very deep list, ”said the NBA’s first scout.“ They have three superstars and still have a lot of roles. They were worse than at Allen’s broken center, but [Jeff] green, [Landry] Shamet, [Joe] Harris TLC [Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot], [DeAndre] Jordan remains a reasonable supporting actor. ”
Of course, no one is sure if Irving will return anytime soon, which could make the problem of pairing the three superstars together in question.
“ You can’t trust Kyrie right now, ” the NBA director of personnel said, “ but Harden and KD will be fine, but it will take a while before everything starts. ”
Or a bomb. As former scout for Wizards and Hawks, Bryan Oringher told The Post, “ It went into intense flames or won several titles. ”
“ Harden is a pretty good policy for Irving, ” added the Eastern Conference Scout.
One player representative can see the Nets transform into the Yankees’ basketball version of the Bronx Zoo, except in another constituency.
“There’s enough potential to make as many mistakes as to get right,” the agent said. And you have a KD that looks like it’s on the surface that’s very passive. But he likes to let things get in the way and talk about it after the fact of the Golden State. ”
Adding “The Beard” to KD and Kyrie is also sexier than the Knicks team that suddenly became a low-profile team in town without a star – let alone three.
“For us, we have to focus on us and the players we have,” Thibodeau said before facing the Nets on Wednesday. “Just focus on our improvement and do what is necessary to make it better. We are not related to them. They worry about themselves and we worry about us. Our pile is loaded, we know. We know the makeup of each account and we know we have a lot of work to do and we look forward to that challenge. ”