Steve Nash: Nets' James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving 'still have a long way to go'

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Steve Nash pointing tight shot
Steve Nash pointing tight shot

When the Nets acquired superstar James Harden as part of a blockbuster four-team deal in mid-January, the ultimate goal was to have Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving playing side-by-side and winning multiple championships.

Of course, it’s too early to tell if the Nets will be able to achieve those lofty goals, but still the early returns on the Harden deal have been positive for Brooklyn, as the Nets have gone 7-3 since the trade while showcasing one of the most prolific offenses in the game.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s matchup with the Toronto Raptors, head coach Steve Nash joked that as a coach there’s always something to worry about, but he’s been happy with how the Nets’ Big Three has responded in terms of learning to play together.

“As a coach you always worry, that’s just a part of it, but I felt positive about it,” Nash said. “I feel like there is a synergy that’s possible. I think it’s been pretty quick in how willing they are to play off each other or to not unsettle the trio or the group, which is great. They still have a long way to go. They can get a lot better in their connectivity and their collective play.

“But for an early review, it’s been really positive in just the fact of how willing they are to share and root for one another. That’s the foundation of something special. Now we have to put in the work and learn from our mistakes and create a vision that becomes more clear and simple as we go along to produce at the rate we want to, but the building blocks are there.”

Harden, known for being one of the league’s top scorers, has surprised many fans and analysts alike with his unselfish play since coming to Brooklyn, as he’s posted four triple-double in nine games while averaging 24.1 points, 12.0 assists, and 8.2 rebounds. Meanwhile, Irving has looked re-focused since rejoining the team following his absence for personal reasons, and Durant has been playing at an MVP level while receiving the most fan votes for the All-Star Game.

All told, things appear to be looking up for the Nets, who take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday at 7:30 p.m..