Brooklyn Nets ace James Harden was arguably the most sustainable member out of the Big Three, who were riddled with injury issues. The injury problems meant that they could only advance as far as the Eastern Conference semi-finals, where they lost to eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks in seven games.
James Harden had aggravated his hamstring issue in the very first minute of the series against the Bucks. While he returned back to action in the latter stages, he could only play a minimal role.
Ahead of the upcoming season, the former Houston Rockets player has claimed that he is fully fit, and it is going to get scary for the rest of the league.
During the recent weekend, Harden celebrated his 32nd birthday and following the celebrations that ensued, he was asked about his status for the upcoming season.
Talked to James Harden today and asked him what #Nets fans can look forward to:
“Healthy James Harden…it’s scary, SCARY HOURS” pic.twitter.com/FOSlnJzVEp
— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) August 29, 2021
James Harden finished his first season with the Nets
The former MVP was subjected to a high-profile move to Brooklyn Nets following his desire to leave Houston Rockets. After a long-drawn-out saga that included suspensions and much more, Harden was granted his move.
He fit well with the Nets, right from the word go. However, coach Steve Nash could rarely deploy the big three of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving on the court together due to persistent injury concerns. In his first season with the franchise, he averaged 24.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.8 assists per game.
While harden was initially slated to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, he withdrew from the squad. On the other hand, his teammate Kevin Durant led the team to the gold medal following a patchy pre-season.
The Nets are currently touted to be favourites for the NBA title with the only possible hurdle being injuries in the playoffs.
Brooklyn Nets will start their NBA campaign against defending champions Milwaukee Bucks on October 20.