Harden gone, Brooklyn experience over: Has the NBA (finally) drawn the line in the ‘superteam’ era?

As soon as it started, the story was over. She is neither beautiful nor ugly. She will remain a pitiful episode in the history of the NBA and even the Nets. The Durant-Irving-Harden trio doesn’t actually exist, its lifespan and coexistence on the court is so short-lived. It may and paradoxically serve the purpose of the Nets and Sixers, which seems stronger and more coherent now that Ben Simmons has gone to Brooklyn and James Harden will assist Joel Embiid in Pennsylvania. From a purely basketball standpoint, the two lineups assembled this way make more sense.

Brooklyn might win the timpani someday, if Kyrie Irving is a full-time basketball player again, Steve Nash does more than just accompany his team, Ben Simmons brings his selflessness, versatility and defense to the game middle. The edifice is crumbling so far. But for now, the Nets are still a team that goes out of their way to please its stars, welcome them without too many options, and risk selling out their future by dropping picks on gogo to lure Harden into him. The Nets, the result we know.

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The reckless acquisition of players since the early 2010s has once again shown its limitations. If LeBron James started the campaign by deciding to join Miami’s Dwyane Wade and bring Chris Bosh into his suitcase — four straight NBA Finals and two championships — the results don’t justify “superball” Team” mode is correct. It is customary to say that there are no shortcuts to the summit. It’s still real. LBJ can prove it: The Heat lost to Dallas in the finals for the first time in 2011, and Miami needs to build up to stay consistent. Snapping your fingers is not enough. Victory is uncertain.

Heat, true trompe l’oeil

The Heat experience, in hindsight, was a true trompe l’oeil, but also had a few kids. Trompe l’oeil, as the trio formed in South Beach are complementary, on the ground roles, and more importantly, will not be isolated in terms of receiving assignments. It’s good to remember this Heat team’s rocky start and how not everything comes naturally to the team’s stars. When these doubters of Eric Spoelstra’s talent and depth knocked on Pat Riley’s door to fire the young coach and replace him on the bench, the team The president has allowed himself something that few teams now dare to face. Prosecution star: He said ‘no’ and didn’t go to bed in front of ‘los tres amigos’.

The self-made roster of league stars has often stumbled across the carpet since the Heat. It’s probably no coincidence that the teams crowned after Miami are the result of thoughtful, slow and sometimes painful construction.

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These are mostly franchises, and they should all work the way they do. Everyone stays in their place. The players are playing. Coach training. and management leadership. In Golden State or Milwaukee, to name a few, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo were on the floor doing the job and not seeing themselves as general managers. The latter — the Warriors’ Bob Myers and the Bucks’ Jon Horst — have a clear mission: to build a cohesive workforce with a different vision than the players, their goals are short-term, while GM dreams of a lasting situation.

While a GM’s unofficial mission is to keep their stars happy because you won’t win in a toxic environment, never give in to their every wish and other whim. Some people forget something because we know the result.

Big Winner: Daryl Morey

In Brooklyn, the Durant-Irving duo knocked on the Nets’ door, ignoring what they had built before their arrival. Everyone went to sleep. Durant wants Harden, who doesn’t want to stay in Houston? The bearded man landed on the banks of the Hudson River. With the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George considered returning home to California before considering the possible consistency of their connection. This season, the Lakers finally reminded that LeBron James is still not a great general manager.

In the end, the big winner of this sequence was Daryl Morey. When a sullen Ben Simmons decided to let the arrow go, the Sixers general manager wasn’t panicking. When the time comes, he waits and pushes the button: when his new team isn’t going to lose and players like James Harden will be available. Morey knew Harden well because he discovered things no one else had seen before him. Morey knew Harden well and worked with him for eight years in Houston. Morey knows his job well. and doing it well. evidence.

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