Steve Nash reacts to James Harden trade, talks about how Nets' Big 3 will fit together

Ryan Morik
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Steve Nash shouts from bench during Wizards game
Steve Nash shouts from bench during Wizards game

With James Harden officially a Brooklyn Net, Steve Nash was finally able to talk about the big blockbuster trade.

Nash spoke with reporters on Friday about how excited he was to have another future Hall of Famer on his roster.

"We're excited — we got one of the premiere players in the world," said Nash.

It's easy to look at the Nets' roster on paper and not think they are immediate title contenders, but the main question mark surrounding this new Big 3 is how they will all fit in together.

Nash didn't seem worried.

"It's a great problem to have, because they're all extremely talented offensive players. I think defensively, they also are all very capable defenders. They're intelligent and experienced players. While we have to go down this path and figure out what the best way to defend is with this group, I do think that there's more potential than maybe people assess from the outside, on paper," Nash said.

The first-year head coach noted that it's going to take some sacrifice from not just Harden, but as well as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to change up their games a bit if they want to be at the pinnacle of the basketball world.

“We want to win a championship for sure. That’s why we made the deal," Nash said. "That’s what we’re setting out to do. Having said that, we’re so far from that right now...

"We're gonna have to assess and refine and adapt as we go here. This is a new group of guys learning to play together for the first time, really before James' trade. We're still in that boat where we have talent but we have to form this thing and realize how effective they can be together and how efficient we can get their performances to be while playing together. That will take time."

The solution for the Nets is simple though - any sort of selfishness from any of Durant, Harden, or Irving will not work.

“If they really want to win," Nash said, "they’ll find a way to play together."