Why Looney believes Harden-Nets trade is 'good for NBA'


It nearly has been a month since the Houston Rockets traded former NBA MVP James Harden in a blockbuster deal to the Brooklyn Nets. In doing so, Harden teamed up with two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant and six-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving, instantly creating one of the most prestigious trios in the league. 

The trade shook the basketball universe, with the Nets essentially creating their own version of a "super team." 

It would be easy for opposing players to hate the trade, and the subsequent increase of competition, but Kevon Looney is a fan.

"To see [Harden] go out east and team up with KD and Kyrie, I think it was good for the NBA," Looney said on a video conference to reporters Friday. "They’re a talented group with a lot of star power and they’re exciting to watch. I think They’re must-see T.V. every time you turn on the game."

Harden's first game in a Brooklyn uniform came on Jan. 16, but the Nets still are learning to gel as a team. It hasn't helped that Durant missed the last seven days due to the league's health and safety protocols.

The two-time NBA champion will be good to go Saturday though in his long-awaited return to the Bay Area. The Warriors have faced the Nets once already, but Saturday's matchup at Chase Center will serve as the first time Golden State has squared off against the new trifecta. 


Looney, who was Durant's teammate for all three years of the star's Warriors tenure, won't be on the court as he continues to rehab from a sprained ankle, but is eager to watch nonetheless.

"It’ll be interesting to play against them tomorrow ... see it up close," he said. "It makes them that much more of a dangerous team to have three guys that can score the ball and distribute the ball like that. It’s incredible. I’m excited to see them tomorrow."

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Saturday will be Durant's first game back in the Bay since he departed to Brooklyn in free agency after the 2019 NBA Finals, and he knows what to expect from his former team, especially when it comes to Steph Curry and coach Steve Kerr. 

The Warriors are planning a tribute video to thank Durant for his accomplishments before the game. After tip-off, however, all bets are off. While the two sides still hold plenty of mutual respect, the Warriors will need to compete at their highest level to fend off one of the NBA's toughest threesomes. 

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