Nets owner Joe Tsai is hopeful that James Harden will finish his career in Brooklyn, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Harden has yet to sign an extension but Tsai believes Harden is in it for the long-term. “The way I look at it is he’s already said I want to play and finish my career in Brooklyn: He’s actually said that. And our job is to make sure that he continues to feel that way,” Tsai said. “Obviously, if we win a championship and also have the chance to win multiple championships down the road, that’s going to be even more convincing, more compelling.“
We have more from the New York City teams:
- Nets perennial All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who has already signed a four-year extension, says he’s still evolving as a player and is focused on being as good as ever, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN writes. “I really feel like I have been growing every single day and I am starting to understand the game a little bit more,” Durant said. “I kind of simplified it for myself. I try not to chase anything outside of just being the best that I can be on the floor … Yeah, it’s made me at ease a little bit.”
- While Tsai respects Kyrie Irving‘s feelings regarding his reluctance to be vaccinated, he wants to remind his star point guard about the team’s ultimate aim, Lewis writes. “What is our goal this year? What’s our purpose this year? It’s very, very clear: Win a championship. And the championship team needs to have everybody pulling the same direction,” Tsai said. “So, I hope to see Kyrie play fully and win a championship together with everybody else, with all his teammates. That’s the best outcome for everybody.”
- Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is very happy Taj Gibson re-signed with the team on a two-year, $10.1MM deal, as Mark Sanchez of the New York Post notes. “Whether he’s [in or] not in the rotation, he’s practicing hard, helping his teammates, helping the team any way he can,” Thibodeau said. “If you have to play him off the bench, he can handle that. If you want to plug him in as a starter, he can handle that. He’s played two positions his entire career. He’s invaluable to us.”
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16 thoughts on “New York Notes: Harden, Durant, Irving, Gibson”
Everyone knows Irving “ marches to the beat of his own drum”.
And that drum is going to march him right off the edge of our flat earth.
Not everyone, dude!
Don’t include me in your ranting & hate, it ain’t me!
Does he also count bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums?
Hey! He went to at least part of one semester at Duke!
Kyrie is about kyrie and harden is about the dollar bill. No championships forthcoming for the still growing and ever injured Kevin Durant in my opinion.
Dude….. the maximum amount Harden can earn is already predetermined and guess what? The Nets can pay him more than any other team. So if, and it’s a longshot, if Harden leaves he’s doing so leaving money on the table. Your point on Harden makes zero sense. As for Kyrie, I’m a pro- vaccine guy but it’s HIS decision on what to put into his body. It’s an unprecedented situation. There’s nothing comparable. But its body and if he’s willing to suffer the consequences then….ok. Sucks for the team too tho.
Tsai may find it hard to win with a big 2.5
Nets are their own worst enemies. Kyrie has been trying to be Bron. Since he helped win that ring in Cle. Doesn’t get how special a player Bron is. His way of building a winner. Is getting his way. That’s all he learned from Bron. Maybe now all you casual fans and geniuses. Understand why Real Knick fans. Never wanted this guy. Kyrie kills another yr for Nets. Why resign him or Harden. The window is breaking. Kyrie (29), Harden (32), KD (33). After this yr, how much do they have. I’d trade them all
and thank God you’re not a GM
So they will pay 135 mill a yr for this. Only Kyrie is young enough to get contract. And he’s the first I’d trade. In the NBA you don’t max out guys just cause they are do one. Out of all big maxed out guys. Almost all have been dumped and seen as a failure signing.
Westbrook, CP3, Wall, Griffin, Horford, Love, Harden, Jordan, Whiteside, Adana, Klay ??, So called stars would never run my team. Plenty ways to build a team. Besides buying one. Sign wrong max guy and it’s over.
Taj a native NYer. Knows who we are (NY fans). Thibs loves guys who work all the time. Whether you are playing or not. It’s a team game. He deserves his money. He makes it the old fashion way. Every good player that took Thibs to heart. Knows all he ever wanted was to maximize their talent. And teach them to use it in a team concept. Knicks finally have a good coach. And now have a good group of men and players. Fan base will love them just for going all out. To play team ball and compete always. Going to be a fun yr in NY. “In Thibs we Trust”
Kevin Durant was unbelievable last year. I didnt think for a single second they would win, but this year, with the free additions they made that fit them, I think it’s still up in the air, but I’m picking Durant as of now, although its early, and I’ll revisit before the regular season. That being said, he almost did it by himself last year, coming off an Achilles tear, and did things even he had never done before, playing a lot at the 5, and being on an island alone defensively a significant amount. Being another year removed from that, I think we’ll see what he did in a bigger sample size, and unless Nash messes up again, it’s going to be hard to stop him.
KD was great last yr. He’s the only max player on that team. But he’s 34 now. I wouldn’t offer him another one. I trade him for younger talent.
Trading Kevin Durant is insanity. What could you even possibly get back to approach his value?