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Kerr reacts to Harden-Nets trade, Warriors-Rockets rivalry

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The trade is not yet official, but James Harden soon will be playing for the Brooklyn Nets.

The Houston Rockets on Wednesday reportedly agreed to the blockbuster trade that gives the Nets a trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Harden.

What does Warriors coach Steve Kerr think about the move?

"My first thought is it's good to get James Harden to the East," Kerr said Wednesday afternoon on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "A lot of the dominant NBA players have been in the West, for whatever reason.

"So it's good to balance that out a little bit."

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Kerr then was asked if he is expecting a frantic call from Nets head coach Steve Nash soon.

"Steve and I are tight. We haven't talked since the trade, but we've communicated during the season," Golden State's coach said. "He's the right man for the job. If there's somebody who is built to coach that team -- with that set of stars -- it's Steve.

"I know he's got his hands full in some ways, but every coach wants talent. I would put my money on Steve being able to get that job done. That's an incredible array of talent on one team."

Kerr and the Warriors eliminated Harden and the Rockets from the playoffs four times over a five-year stretch from 2015 to 2019. And Kerr reiterated Wednesday that Golden State's win over Houston in Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals -- when they went on the road without Kevin Durant -- will be cherished forever.

 
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"When we closed them out after Kevin had got hurt in Game 5 will always go down as one of my favorite games as Warriors coach," he said. "The way the guys played -- the way they shared the ball and defended -- it was a beautiful night."

The Warriors are scheduled to host KD, Harden, Irving and the Nets on Feb. 13 at Chase Center.

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