Good chemicals are still the secret weapon of the NBA

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The Ben Simmons for James Harden swap has been completed and the final perception of the transaction will be based on how each team performs over the next 18 months or so. And as we wait for both players to debut for their new teams and begin that process, we’ll be inundated with mortifications and leak reports of what happened behind the scenes.

Regarding the latter, Jake Fischer’s New Work at Bleacher-ReportFocusing on the end of Harden’s tenure in Brooklyn, there are several doozies:

“For weeks, he was tired of Harden’s purported commitment to the franchise. When Harden was first benched with a strain on his right hamstring, Durant was one of the Brooklyn figures who questioned the seriousness of the injury. ”

“This summer, Harden and Durant never went to the same gym, and Durant was frustrated by the poor conditions Harden sported during the early Nets practice sessions. Harden has also been increasingly outspoken about wanting to test his freedom for the first time. “

“Kevin and James have had a cold war over the past few months that has left everyone miserable.”

“Harden didn’t get to the Jazz game until halftime, sources told B/R. When it was over and Brooklyn resumed its scheduled journey to Denver, Harden flew to Las Vegas, sources say. said. ”


Good chemistry doesn’t just happen, but the best NBA teams do

The dynamics of every team and every combination of players are different. But, be it correlation or causation, there always seems to be a clear link between good teams and good chemistry. Some teams seem to take that as an organizational value (Spurs, Warriors, Heat). Others have had luck with specific star players or coaches, who have been able to show that chemistry even in the midst of a tumultuous organization (Monty Williams and Chris Paul with the Suns, Brad Stevens with the Celtics).

Good chemistry doesn’t last forever – roster and coaching changes, loss of positions, injuries can all strain personal relationships – and that can’t be guaranteed in every situation. situation. But often teams seem to trust friendly players to let them find out for themselves. The Nets must have believed Durant, Irving, and Harden (who clearly believed in themselves) when they said they could make it work. They hired Steve Nash, in part, because they thought he would bring the right vibes to the Irving and Durant couple. And the challenges this team has had to go through over the past 18 months have been enormous. But they are not unheard of and they are not unforeseeable. If this team is fractured, here’s how it will happen. That seems clear from the jump, as it was for the Lakers, who broke in similar and predictable ways.

I don’t know that there are specific lessons here for the Nets, the Lakers, or anyone else. Nets made a gamble, it didn’t work. It was probably worth the risk and they did a good job at minimizing the damage as they tried to get away with it. And I, as an outsider, it’s easy to poke at the sore spots without any real insider knowledge of what they’ve planned and what steps they’ve taken. presently. But chemistry and victory are closely linked, and it still seems like too many teams are counting on the latter to take care of the former.

Other NBA stories:

Luka Doncic has topped our 25 under 25 ranking, two years in a row. To celebrate, Step Back order a custom sneakers for him.

Because of injuries, vaccinations, and dissatisfaction, the Brooklyn Nets’ Big 3 only played 16 games together. How can we remember them if they have reached 17 years old?

It’s only been two games but the Pacers seem to have found absolute protection in Tyrese Haliburton. He has the skills and mindset to organization transformation and in a letter to Indiana he wrote at The Players’ Tribunehe made it clear that was exactly what he had to do.

Tireke Evans has been recover following a two-year ban for violating the NBA’s drug program. He’s only 32 years old and could be a useful piece for a number of different playoff teams.

Bones Hyland was a absolute steal for the Denver Nuggets and he’s going to look better and better next year when the entire roster is healthy.

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John Verrall

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