Brown praised Harden.
Bruce Brown of the Denver Nuggets appeared on the ‘LeBatard Show’ on the 26th (Korean time) and looked back on his Brooklyn Nets days.
Brown, who moved from Detroit to Brooklyn ahead of the 2020-2021 season, performed like Altoran, going back and forth between the starting pitcher and the bench. After two years in Brooklyn, he moved to Denver this season and averaged 11.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
When Brown was playing, Brooklyn was a team that received a lot of attention from fans. It’s because Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden got together to form the Big 3. It was evaluated as a strong candidate for the championship. Brown played as Brooklyn’s key role player and took on the role of supporting the Big 3.
However, his performance did not follow his expectations.
Brooklyn, which was unfortunately eliminated in the second round in the first year of the formation of the Big 3, had the worst season in the 2021-2022 season, being caught up in various bad news, such as the issue of Kyrie Irving’s non-vaccination. Harden, who had lost his mind, requested a trade and moved to Philadelphia, and Brooklyn, who had received Ben Simmons, was swept by Boston in the first round.
Rumors continued to follow that Harden’s departure from Brooklyn in the midst of a lot of things didn’t do much to help the locker room atmosphere. There were also stories that he had friction with not only Irving, but also Durant and the director.
Reports surfaced that Harden had virtually cut off communication with his teammates weeks before leaving Brooklyn. Brooklyn players also left nuances of sniping at Harden in interviews. Even during his time in Houston, he had some noise in the process of leaving the team, and he was criticized by his teammate DeMarcus Cousins and others.
However, Brown, who ate rice with Harden, presented a slightly different perspective from the previous story. Brown said the locker room in Brooklyn grew quieter after Harden left, and he praised Harden as the best teammate he had ever had.
“It was definitely more fun when James Harden was on the team,” Brown said. . Definitely one of the best colleagues I’ve ever met.”
“There was a shortfall when Harden left. There were only a few players on the team who fit each other. And it was a bit tough on the court. Our offense was straight-forward and based on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving 1-on-1. Boston and As we saw in the first round against them, too much burden and pressure was placed on them.”스포츠토토
As Brown said, Brooklyn, with Harden’s departure, was completely defeated by Boston without relieving the burden of Durant and Irving at all. Both Durant and Irving were traded midway through the season, leaving Brooklyn with one of the worst superteam formations in NBA history.