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    Getty James Harden has a new home again. The Philadelpha 76ers pulled off a blockbuster trade by landing James Harden before the NBA trade deadline, and the results have been so far, so good. Since coming over from the Brooklyn Nets, the Sixers haven’t dropped a game with Harden in the lineup, and that’s despite giving up valuable pieces in Seth Curry and Andre Drummond. The duo of Joel Embiid and Harden has been exactly what has been envisioned, and the excitement around the team is certainly at a season high. Read More From Heavy How You Can Help Ukraine: Verified Charities, GoFundMe & Ways to Support Ukrainians However, Bleacher Report’s Dan Farvale warns Sixers fans that we’ve seen this story before with Harden, and it actually happened not too long ago. Harden made it abundantly clear he wanted out of Houston and he eventually forced a trade to the Nets where he’d form a star trio with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. While they hardly played together on the court at the same time, the hype and...
    Getty Nets star James Harden wants to play with Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, according to a former teammate. A “Perk Bomb” just exploded on the internet. Kendrick Perkins recently joined the “All The Smoke” podcast where he hinted that James Harden is indeed interested in joining the Philadelphia 76ers. His main reason? Joel Embiid. The Sixers’ MVP candidate has been on a tear since Christmas while single-handedly putting the team back in playoff contention. There are growing reports that Harden — Perkins’ teammate for two seasons in Oklahoma City — will exercise his player option after the 2021-22 season and ask the Brooklyn Nets for a sign-and-trade. And Philadelphia might be his preferred destination, according to Perkins. “This is real life, this is not rumors, OK? No matter how much he may try to deny it,” Perkins said of Harden’s desire to leave Brooklyn. “I think Philly wants to win. I know they aren’t going to win a championship unless they make a big move, but I think it’s more so about next season. I’m just going...
    Getty All-Star guards Ben Simmons and James Harden were almost traded for each other back in January, per reports. After getting eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, general manager Sean Marks and the Brooklyn Nets front office had one priority during the offseason. That was to get their All-Star trio of James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant inked to long-term extensions before the start of training camp. That plan failed. Kyrie only has part-time availability due to his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Because of this, the Nets have stopped contract extension talks with him. Harden and the Nets were also unable to come to an agreement on an extension prior to the start of the season. The Silver lining is that the Nets were able to get Durant inked to a 4-year $198 million contract extension as soon as he got back from the Olympics last summer. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Nets...
    Getty Brooklyn Nets star James Harden looks on during a game against the Houston Rockets. The Brooklyn Nets may be right where pundits expected them to before the season began — specifically, at the top of the Eastern Conference standings — but they sure took an unconventional path to get there. Steve Nash’s club has gone 17-8 as of this writing despite the fact that Kyrie Irving has yet to play a game while refusing to adhere to New York City’s ever-expanding vaccine mandate. Also, Blake Griffin has morphed from being resurgent to being unplayable, Joe Harris was forced to undergo ankle surgery and James Harden has looked like a shell of his former MVP self. Some of that stuff has (or will) work itself out, though. Griffin may have fallen apart, but LaMarcus Aldridge is back and looks to have turned the clock back a few years. Harris is out for the moment, but it’s expected that he’ll return before the trade deadline. And it may not happen this season, but Kyrie will either give in and...
    Global death toll surpasses 5M; 91% of NYC city workers vaccinated as mandate deadline arrives: COVID-19 updates Ethiopia forces, Tigrayan rebels battle over key town Three Things is NBC’s five-days-a-week wrap-up of the night before in the NBA. Check out NBCSports.com every weekday morning to catch up on what you missed the night before plus the rumors, drama, and dunks going that make the NBA great. © Provided by NBC Sports 1) NBA scoring down this season and it’s not just free throws This season, the average offensive rating in the NBA is 106.2 (points scored per 100 possessions, using Basketball-References‘ numbers). Last season it was 112.3. The bubble season it was 110.6. The season before that it was 110.4. Through the first two weeks of this NBA season, scoring is down — way down, 6.1 points per 100 possessions compared to the season before. For a league that has leaned toward opening up the offense and letting the athleticism and skill of its players shine, it’s an unexpected trend. What is causing the drop? The easy line to...
    Getty James Harden #13, Kevin Durant #7, Joe Harris #12, and Jeff Green #8 of the Brooklyn Nets look on during the second half against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center. When the Brooklyn Nets completed the trade that landed them 9-time All-Star James Harden last season it made them the championship favorites. The dynamic duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant alone was enough to compete for a championship in the minds of many. Incorporating Harden into that mix would make them nearly unstoppable. Kyrie was not with the team during Harden’s Nets debut for an undisclosed reason that had held him out for several games. This prompted a reporter to ask Harden what the Nets’ potential would be once the ‘big 3’ took the court together. And thus, the term ‘scary hours’ was born. “I’m so excited for Ky to get back,” Harden said after his debut against the Orlando Magic per Bleacher Report. “He’s a key piece to what we’re trying to do. The chemistry, the sooner we can build that, the sooner we can...
    Kaia Gerber and Jacob Elordi, plus more celeb couples red carpet debuts Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Which Oil Stocks to Buy "Please respect my privacy." That was Kyrie Irving's answer to a question posed by ESPN's Malika Andrews on Monday when asked if he expects to play in home games this upcoming season. Although Irving was not physically present for Brooklyn's media day due to health and safety protocols, he did take questions from reporters over Zoom. While there is not an agreed upon vaccine mandate between the NBA and NBA Players Association, players who have not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will not be allowed to play in games in New York or San Francisco as mandated by local laws in those cities. That impacts anyone who plays for the Knicks, Nets, or Warriors; visiting teams are exempt. MORE: David Letterman crashes Nets media day According to the latest reports, about 90% of all NBA players have received the vaccine. If current numbers hold, that leaves between 40-50 unvaccinated players across the league...
    More from: Ian OConnor Kevin Durant deserves a pass this time — but not in Game 7 Knicks, rest of NBA see Kevin Durants return to greatness James Harden is a Nets hero for playing on one leg James Hardens surprise return for Game 5 wont be forgotten Isiah Thomas knows all about the pain Kyrie Irving is going through As they entered the postseason, and then engaged the Celtics and Bucks, the Nets openly courted adversity. They said it would build character, and make them tougher and more unified, as if they were trying to speak it into existence. The injuries to James Harden and Kyrie Irving? The lack of Big 3 time together on the floor? The challenges presented by opponents who had been together longer? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That’s what the Nets packaged and sold to the masses as they tried to navigate Harden’s hamstring, Irving’s ankle and the unit’s lack of big-game repetition. And guess what? By failing to close out the Bucks in Game 6 in Milwaukee, the Nets didn’t...
    Stars who used surrogates Third Shot Helps Boost Covid Defense in Transplant Patients The loss of Kyrie Irving and James Harden might be too impossible to overcome for Kevin Durant and Brooklyn. View the original article to see embedded media.Welcome to the Morning Shootaround, where every weekday you’ll get a fresh, topical column from one of SI.com’s NBA writers: Howard Beck on Mondays, Chris Mannix on Tuesdays, Michael Pina on Wednesdays, Chris Herring on Thursdays and Rohan Nadkarni on Fridays. In the end—and with potentially series ending injuries to two key players this does feel like the end for Brooklyn—it wasn’t defense or a lack of chemistry that did in the Nets, but a cruel twist of fate. Two, actually. A pulled hamstring for James Harden a minute into the opener of the Nets second round series against Milwaukee. A nasty ankle sprain during Game 4 for Kyrie Irving, a twist so bad it forced Irving into a walking boot as he left the arena. The NBA’s 23rd ranked defense? Didn’t matter. A starting five that didn’t...
    Getty Brooklyn's James Harden takes the ball as Kyrie Irving runs behind him in the second half against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on January 23, 2021 in New York City. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Steph Curry. These are all superstars that have missed extended periods during this condensed NBA season. The injuries have been especially detrimental in this year’s playoffs. Take Lakers star Anthony Davis for example. He injured his groin at the end of the first half in Game 5, during a first-round matchup with the 2nd place Phoenix Suns. Davis was held out for the remainder of the game as the Lakers would go on to lose Game 5, 85-115. The Lakers’ star tried to give it a go for Game 6 but was clearly hobbled and could not even finish the 1st quarter. The Lakers would go on to lose the game and the series to the Suns 4-2. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Kyrie Irving...
    More On: brooklyn nets Former Nets star now ‘one of the wild cards’ for Bucks James Harden has made dramatic Nets transformation Inside look at critical Nets-Bucks matchups There is still chance Nets get needed reinforcement back This second-round playoff series between the Nets and the Bucks won’t solely be decided by the first postseason matchup between Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Nets’ superstar forward says he always relishes opportunities to face the NBA’s best players, and the next four to seven games facing the Greek Freak — the two-time reigning league MVP — will be no different. “It’s cool to compete against the best on this stage at this point of the season,” Durant said Friday on a Zoom call. “It’s always fun challenging yourself against some of the best, and these battles have made me a better player, raised my awareness out there on the court by playing against such great teams and also great players and coaches. “So [it’s] just another opportunity to go out there and enjoy the moment. Every moment you get to...
    Getty NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Kevin Garnett #2 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after he got the loose ball with teammate Paul Pierce #34 in the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 25, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) After defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 5 123-109, the Brooklyn Nets advanced to the second round where they will face off against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. With LeBron James and and the now former defending champion Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoff picture, this series is expected to be the jewel of the playoffs. It has already caught the attention of one Hall of Famer. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets...
    More from: Ian OConnor Tom Thibodeau also needs to pick it up Knicks fans made this night at the Garden unforgettable Nets Kevin Durant provides reminder of greatness, resiliency No one should ever question Kevin Durants heart Nets status as favorites comes with heavy burden of pressure James Harden just let it happen. Joe Harris was living the catch-and-shoot guy’s dream, raining down 3s on the Celtics, and Harden was more than happy to feed him and watch in awe like everyone else. It’s one thing to let Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving go off in a playoff game. It’s quite another, as a superstar, to help Joe Harris score 22 first-half points against the Celtics by taking the postseason shots designed for bigger names to take. Brooklyn embarrassed Boston in Game 2, and Harden’s 20 points in 27 minutes had little impact on the result. It was the tone he set as the primary ball-handler that made a difference, as the Nets ran a ball-movement clinic that would have made Red Auerbach proud. Once regarded as the patron...
    More On: brooklyn nets Nets shake off rust and start playoffs on winning note No one should ever question this Nets star’s heart Nets ‘can’t have any concerns’ with Big 3 Knicks, Nets can bring city back to playoff zenith The construction of a Nets championship team must be built on a solid foundation, but no one ordered all these bricks. Normally so right when shooting from beyond the arc, the Nets looked tight Saturday night as they embarked on their playoff series against the Celtics. Shot. Clang. Shot. Doink. Shot. Thud. The largest crowd of the season inside Barclays Center must have been wondering who those imposters were wearing the black Icon unis. “First playoff game, we didn’t have that touch we usually have,’’ Kevin Durant said. Consider that the understatement of the night. The first attempt of the evening for the Nets was an errant 3-pointer by James Harden, a harbinger of things to come. Durant missed from deep. Joe Harris and Harden missed in rapid-fire succession. The Nets were shaking off the rust in the first...
    The Houston Rockets did not even clinch a spot, but they are the biggest losers of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Just last year, the Houston Rockets made it to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they were eliminated by the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in five games. With a new regime, the Rocket underwent a massive overhaul following the trades of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. For those Rockets fans looking to watch the NBA Playoffs to take their minds off a last-place finish in the Western Conference, they may want to avert their eyes. Out of all the players they have traded or waived in the past two years, nine of them are on teams competing in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. + Ben McLemore (LAL) — CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 21, 2021 Rockets: Houston have nine former players on NBA Playoff teamsWe were not lying when saying Rockets fans may not want to take a look at this stat. One notable name who is technically on a playoff team is Victor Oladipo, who was acquired by the Miami...
    Getty Kevin Durant and James Harden at the State Farm Arena. James Harden had spent the majority of his career with the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in January. After being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Houston before the start of the 2012 season Harden enjoyed much success with the team going to two Western Conference Finals in nine seasons in Houston. Harden won multiple scoring titles and even a league MVP in 2018 during his time with the Rockets. The individual accomplishments were nice but the Rockets continued to suffer playoff upset after playoff upset and were unable to capture a championship during Harden’s tenure with the team. This played a major part in Harden demanding a trade from Houston this season which eventually landed him with the Nets. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! James Harden Says This Year Will Be DifferentHarden’s inability to capture a championship in Houston had a lot to do with him...
    Getty James Harden and Kyrie Irving share a laugh at the 2018 NBA All Star Game. As the end of the NBA regular season slowly approaches, so does the age-old debate about the Most Valuable Player. This year the names most associated with the award are Philadelphia 76er’s big man Joel Embiid, Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, and many other high-profile players who have been dominating the league this year. The latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Isaiah Thomas Thinks Kyrie Irving Deserves MVPPer Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, Detroit Pistons legend, Isaiah Thomas thinks that there is at least one other person who is not being talked about that needs to be thrown into the mix. “He can handle the basketball and we haven’t seen anybody with his kind of handle, his kind of juke, or his kind of move. I had a different style of handling it he’s got his own style of handling the basketball,” Thomas said of...
    Katy Perry Rocks Long, Dark Hair on Instagram — and Orlando Bloom Leaves a Hilarious Comment Wirecard’s Regulator Faces Criminal Probe as Scandal Expands Warriors team president Welts, who created, founded, touched, influenced or promoted nearly every major NBA initiative of the last half-century opens up about stepping away from the game. View the original article to see embedded media.Welcome to the Morning Shootaround, where every weekday you’ll get a fresh, topical column from one of SI.com’s NBA writers: Howard Beck on Mondays, Chris Mannix on Tuesdays, Michael Pina on Wednesdays, Chris Herring on Thursdays and Rohan Nadkarni on Fridays. You could say everything we know and love about the modern NBA—the artistry, the drama, the pure spectacle of it all—began with Magic and Larry and Michael. No one would argue. You could say it began with former commissioner David Stern, whose vision, ambition and marketing savvy helped make them household names. Again, you’d be correct. But there is no story without Rick Welts, who created, founded, touched, influenced or promoted nearly every major NBA...
    More On: brooklyn nets The Charles Barkley interview that sparked vile Kevin Durant-Michael Rapaport feud Nets rally past Rockets to sit atop East despite losing Harden to injury Nets star exits with injury Durant drama: Star’s vile DMs to ‘Higher Learning’ star catch attention of Nets, NBA Hamstrung James Harden has been ruled out of Thursday’s game against Charlotte, missing only his third game since coming to Brooklyn. The Nets can only hope being cautious with his tight right hamstring will keep him from having to miss too many more, considering they’re 0-2 in games he’s missed. They are expected to get veteran big man LaMarcus Aldridge, who is cleared to make his Brooklyn debut against the Hornets; but Harden is irreplaceable. Harden was forced out of Wednesday’s come-from-behind victory over his former Houston Rockets team late in the third quarter. He tested it on the sidelines but was held out and had to watch as his current team rallied to beat his old one. “We’re gonna monitor it. We’ll see how he feels (Thursday) morning…We feel optimistic it’s...
    Getty Brooklyn's James Harden grabs a rebound as teammate Kevin Durant stands by in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Barclays Center on January 23, 2021 in New York City. For the 14th time in their last 15 games, the Brooklyn Nets were winners on Wednesday night. No Kyrie Irving, no Kevin Durant, (mostly) no problem for the James Harden-led Nets, who overcame an early deficit and fought off the Pacers for a 124-115 victory in Indiana. At the end of the game, with the game’s result already beyond doubt, Harden gave the Nets one more reason to celebrate. ALL the latest Nets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Nets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Nets! Harden Seals Triple-DoubleHarden’s performance against the Pacers already was epic heading into the game’s final moments. He needed just one more rebound to put a bow on it. With about two seconds left, that’s exactly what he did. Indiana’s final possession ended with a 29-foot 3-point try by Caris LeVert. The attempt clanked off the front...
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