If they don’t win the title with Harden the net will be a disaster


Well, now this is quite a simple equation for nets. There is only one final result that could possibly justify on Wednesday afternoon.

They should win the NBA Championship.

They must conduct a parade route that will begin at the Barclays Center, where the Atlantic meets Flatbush, climaxed with a rally in the wide grounds of Borough Hall, bathed in ticker tape, the Brooklyn Bridge proudly celebrating the entire festival. Oversees, not far from the Dodgers. ‘Old headquarters on Montague Street.

Otherwise, the Sean Marks deal made on Wednesday would be the most ludicrous swap in the history of the game. Marks is bringing James Harden to Brooklyn, together with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, whenever Irving decides to go back to work.

It will be some eye-popping basketball on a lot of nights. The Nets, already a dynamic offensive carnival act, can score 150 points in a few nights. The Nets, already an undefeated defensive team, may well allow 150 points a few nights. It would be impossible to see.

And he is cheerful.

But now there is only one acceptable result. When you rid yourself of three useful players – Caris Levert, Jarrett Allen and Taurion Prince – and three unforced No. 1 picks (2022, ’24, ’26) and four swaps (2021, ’23, ’25, ’27) It helps A 31-year-old gunner with a question-mark playoff past, who wanted to team up with Durant to change that perception …

Well, the only possible outcome.

James Harden trades the Nets Rockets
The Nets acquired James Harden from the Rockets in a blockbuster trade.
Via NY Post Composite / NBAE Getty Images

Taking the Bucks to seven games in an epic Eastern Finals won’t be enough. Falling for the Lakers in a memorable final? No. The Nets are not just all-in for the next 2-3 years, they are all for the rest of the decade. Their feasibility exists in the here and now, defined by a simple equation:

Parade or no parade?

The Yankees also have not thrown all their chips in the middle of a table like this for all their adventurous free-agents. It was just money. So was the Heat’s 2010 grouping of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, a spectacular maneuver that now looks bizarre.

The only transaction that may have occurred in the same sentence was the October 12, 1989 trade that sent Herschel Walker back from Dallas to Minnesota in exchange for eight future Vikings draft picks. The Cowboys eventually won two Super Bowls. The Vikings went 21-21 with Walker.

After this, until the Nets win a title, it will look like Brock-for-Broglio.

Acquiring Harden is not an external part of this; There are a lot of voices (including this one) who have suggested that if the Nets were for a dime – Durant and Irving already imported – they should be for a dollar, broke with Harden.

But at this price?

Former Nets GM Billy King was endlessly received for a deal he did in 2013 that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pearce to Brooklyn and sent a gaggle of picks to Boston – and rightly so. Marx was hired to erase the memory of that mistake. In November, he actually said this:

“I think we want to make something sustainable here. This is not something that is a fleeting moment, as if all in and a year or two years from now, we are sitting here, like, ‘Great, now we have to completely rebuild everything and we don’t have assets To reconstruct with. ‘So that’s the side of it. “

Looked good And now reads like parody, like fallacy, like stupidity, and now it’s a surprising combined King-Marx fact that the Nets will go through 14 years – 2014 2027 – without once controlling their first-goal choice . Read that sentence again. shocking.

Maybe Irving’s troubles have escalated for Marx earlier than before. Maybe the greed to throw those three talents together was worth seeing Harden’s recent behavior, which was poisonous, or Irving’s ongoing issues, whatever they may be.

(And perhaps Marx should have just done what Houston did soon after agreeing on the deal. For Vistaadipo trades Levert for Indiana; the deal may have been much less than it cost , Cost at a fraction.

It is impossible to know.

Only one thing is certain:

No team in the history of the game has ever needed to win a championship to justify its existence. till now. To these nets. From this point forward, there is only one permissible end result: the O’Brien Trophy at Barclays to Borough Hall, Tow.

Nothing else will be unacceptable. No, really: it’s more than that:

Anything else would be a failure failure.

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