Best reactions to the James Harden trade
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Best reactions to the James Harden trade

James Harden trade felt like a nuke exploded in the NBA world. The NBA players, GM’s, analysts, insiders, everyone expressed their opinion about that blockbuster movie. And when something like that happens, you can expect that there’s going to be a lot of stand-up material.

In December, Charles Barkley said that he wants to see Durant getting what he wanted – Harden in a Nets uniform. But Barkley didn’t mean that as something good.

“I cannot wait to see those three play together. I think it would be fascinating because all three of them need the ball and want the ball, and I just don’t think it would work. But I want to see it because I want to see it implode.”

Charles Barkley, Netswire

So when he got a chance to talk about the Harden move, Barkley delivered one of his all-time best comments. Short and to the point. 

Many people pointed out Harden is also Kyrie insurance. Shannon Sharpe focused on the absent man and pointed out Kyrie always seems to be the bridesmaid, never the bride. 

When he left Houston, Daryl Morey took out a full page ad thanking James Harden for the memories. Vernon Maxwell had some words of advice for the new Brooklyn star in that vein.  

We all know there’s a lot of talent on the Nets, but the question will be how to handle such, lets say, flamboyant characters. Jay Williams roasted Harden, Irving, and KD and summed up that challenge very well.

You’d never guess it, but Shaquille O’Neal kept it serious out of all people and came ready with stats and analytics. Shaq took the gloves off, called out Harden, and issued a challenge. 

“He ain’t done nothing. He didn’t step up when he was supposed to step up. Chuck has said it many times. When you the man, you got a big responsibility, it’s all on you. When it comes time to show up, he ain’t show up. I know a lot of people in Houston glad he’s gone. He’s got his little superteam. He gotta win this year. If he doesn’t win this year, it’s a bust. ”

Shaquille O’Neal, Inside the NBA

Everyone had the same take – there’s only one ball. Harden, KD, and Kyrie will draw a lot of attention, and that will leave Nets’ shooters open. The only question is, how many possession with the “Dribble Brothers” take between passing the ball. Poor Joe Harris.

What do you yhink, who had the funniest take?