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  • I'm happy for him.

  • You know, I'm happy for him.

  • Only from the standpoint that he's back in the league.

  • He's gonna be healthy.

  • We know this is a guy that averaged 28 a game when he was in Sacramento and then New Orleans.

  • We know what he could do when healthy.

  • Last couple of seasons, he's had a string of bad luck, but he can play.

  • I don't know if Houston's the ideal matchup, particularly with James Harden, their considering their style of play.

  • I don't think Boogie fits into that.

  • Personally, that's just me.

  • But having said all of that, uh, it doesn't matter if you're James Harden, you need to want to go to Brooklyn for one reason.

  • Above all else, your shot at the title.

  • It ain't in Houston.

  • You got no shot.

  • They're not beating the Lakers.

  • They're not beating the Clippers.

  • They probably wouldn't beat Denver or Dallas.

  • That's the way I look at it, okay?

  • And if you, even though Philadelphia would be a possibility in the option, they're still relatively young at certain positions.

  • You're James Harden, I think, with what the Lakers have put together in terms of Anthony Davis expected to resign.

  • LeBron still being there.

  • Mauris still there then, and then you acquired Marc Gasol and Montreal's Harold Okay and trader.

  • The bottom line is, when you look at the Los Angeles Lakers, they are better than they were when they won the championship last month.

  • It's just that simple.

  • And when you look at it from that perspective, what's your best shot to go after them?

  • Assemble a Big three.

  • Ah Kyrie k d with James Harden because you're certainly not going to beat them in the interior.

  • You gotta bring them outside and destroy them in that fashion, pushing the ball up the court and shooting perimeter shots.

  • That's your Onley shot to beat this Los Angeles Lakers squad, and there's only one team that could do it.

  • That would be Brooklyn if James Harden were there.

  • Not to mention the fact that let's call it what it is.

  • Max, Kevin Durant.

  • You know how I feel about him.

  • You know what I think about him best in the world?

  • I think he is that lethal.

  • Probably the greatest offensive score we've ever seen in our lifetime.

  • Let me be very, very clear with what I'm about to say.

  • He's on the clock.

  • Kevin Durant is on the clock.

  • You were injured last year.

  • We all know that.

  • I believe you will average 27 in your sleep.

  • We know that we know what Katie could dio, but LeBron has re emerged.

  • He actually instead of being called King James.

  • He is King James because he's the one wearing the crown as we speak.

  • And we all know that Before K D went to Golden State, LeBron went to Miami and LeBron has proceeded K D and a lot of moves.

  • And K d wanted to sit up there and find his own juggernaut.

  • Got himself back to back Chips, would have had his own threepeat had he not got injured because Kar Wai Lin in Toronto, when they had a snowball's chance in hell of being Golden State.

  • But with all of that said, now that Kevin Durant sat out last season, you're talking about coming back.

  • You in Brooklyn, New York.

  • This is the Mecca, New York.

  • Okay, don't give a damn this Brooklyn, as opposed to Manhattan.

  • It's one of the five boroughs.

  • It's New York, baby.

  • Okay, we expect stuff up in here and not to say that the Knicks have given us any reason because we know better.

  • I'm just talking about that, that microscopic I that the sends down upon you, monitoring everything you dio and what it takes.

  • If you're Kevin Durant with Kyrie and you don't have any kind of championship a t least contention to show for it, you got a problem.

  • And if you James Harden, you certainly need that yourself.

  • James Harden, because of the Lakers, should be trying to get toe Brooklyn now more than ever before.

  • And Max is in the side.

  • I'm hearing nobody's really calling Houston right now about James Harden.

  • Nothing is going on.

  • The Houston Rockets are expecting James Harden to remain in Houston.

  • As of this moment, it could change in a matter of hours.

  • You know how this goes, but they're expecting him to stay in Houston because nobody is calling them for for James Harden as we speak, Brooklyn needs to change.

  • They need to get on the phone with Houston.

  • Houston knows they have to trade Harden.

  • They know they're going to trade Harden.

  • If in fact they're not getting calls in.

  • That's because no one's gonna bite on the Harden trade when they know he's gonna go to Brooklyn.

  • Andi.

  • I would love to see him in Brooklyn, Stephen A.

  • I think not.

  • Only when you say you don't have to say, like Brooklyn's one of the five boroughs, even though it's not Manhattan.

  • Brooklyn rings more bells around the world culturally, you know, as a sexy kind of location.

  • The Manhattan does there than anyplace in in New York does.

  • I was going in the Bronx, You're from Queens.

  • But you, you know, like they're people named Brooklyn all around the world, right?

  • So so And that that Burrow is thirsty for a title for a major league franchise toe win a title hasn't had one since 1955 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York is thirsty for a title.

  • Hasn't had one since 73 with the Knicks, or, if you count the A B a 76 with the Nets when they were in Long Island.

  • So I love to see Harden on the Nets, and I think your point about the Lakers is a very good one.

  • They've they've reloaded better than last year.

  • Boy, you better be on a super team.

  • But the thing about joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving strictly from James Harden's point of view, if the point is to get credit for winning a championship, he ain't gonna be the best player on that team.

  • And people are gonna say, Well, you were supposed to get out of the East Well, you know, when we measure it up, you know a D and LeBron and shrewder is not que de if he's really K D if he's recovered, Kyrie and James Harden those air to M.

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  • Lakers don't have that.

  • History will forget the details.

  • Well, they had this nice little piece and that nice little piece they're going to remember the stars on the Nets.

  • Look what Philadelphia did, though it looks like Daryl Morey is determined to see if Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid can win a title together.

  • He brings in Seth Curry you mentioned in the last block and shoot the lights out brings in Danny Green, legit three and D like Richardson, is younger, but in terms of the three point shooter, Danny Green is better.

  • And so it's not.

  • And they have a GM obviously, and Daryl Morey, who knows what he's doing right?

  • Like they were able to get much closer than they ought have gotten to a title in Houston because of the team that more he put together.

  • It wasn't the most talented, but the pieces fit the right way and the coach knew how to use it.

  • Stephen, let me ask you something.

  • What happens if you swap out Ben Simmons for James Harden with Joe L.

  • M B and B is a beef and bead when he's healthy is like who really handles that guy, right?

  • Like you talk about the interior with a D and A D is the best big in the game.

  • If you consider a D A big and beat is right, they're just not as consistent, but at his height.

  • That dude is giving you 40 and 15 and playing defense the whole thing.

  • You put Harden on that team.

  • Not only do they have a fighting chance to get out of the East, but if they win a title, Stephen a hardened really will have done something.

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Stephen A. gives his No. 1 reason that James Harden should want to play for the Nets | First Take

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