Harden ready for ‘unselfish’ Nets role

NEW YORK (AFP) – James Harden said on Friday he is confident of fitting in alongside new Brooklyn Nets team-mates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving after completing his blockbuster trade from the Houston Rockets.

The eight-time All-Star stunned the NBA this week after completing a move to the Nets after an acrimonious end to his time in Texas.

Harden’s arrival in Brooklyn has sparked talk of a new NBA superteam, with the Nets now looking to challenge the recent dominance of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.

However, several commentators and former players including Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, have questioned whether Harden will be able to work harmoniously with Durant
and Irving.

Harden dismissed those concerns on Friday in his first remarks to reporters since completing his trade.

File photo shows Houston’s guard James Harden. PHOTO: AFP

Asked why he thought the mix would be a success, Harden replied, “Chemistry, sacrifice and we’re all elite.”

“We’re all unselfish, we’re all willing passers and we play basketball the right way. That’s all that matters.”

Harden cautioned though that his arrival was no guarantee of a title.

“I think for me, giving myself a chance (of a title) is very important,” Harden said. “It’s not going to be easy, but with this roster and this coach and this organisation I think we have
a chance.”

Harden meanwhile defended the tirade earlier this week which prompted his rapid exit from the Rockets.