Former NBA player Antoine Walker was not a fan of the Brooklyn Nets’ decision to trade for James Harden.
Walker, who won a title with the Miami Heat in 2006, believes the Nets won’t be able to win with Harden’s style.
“I’m not a James Harden guy, and it’s not personal, but you can’t win with that style,” Walker said during an appearance on the “All Things Covered” podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden. “It is in a unique situation with [Kevin] Durant and Kyrie [Irving], but it remains to be seen. … I don’t think you can win with his style. Every time a kid needs six, seven, eight dribbles to get where he needs to go, that’s a problem. It works today because it’s more of a pick-and-roll league, so now he gets his way with a lot of things, but I wouldn’t take advantage of my future for James Harden. “
Despite criticism from Walker, the Nets are 24-13 this season and the second-seeded in the Eastern Conference.
Harden seems to have adapted to playing with two other stars, averaging 25.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game with the Nets.
The three-time scoring champion has made just 16.6 shots per game since joining the Nets. It is his fewest field goals attempted per game since the 2013-14 season.
While Harden may not have a winning pedigree, playing with two NBA champions Durant and Irving could certainly help him change the narrative.
The Nets and Harden will try to prove Walker’s theory wrong this postseason.