The Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers enacted a trade prior to the trade deadline, one that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers and a Ben Simmons-centered package to the Brooklyn Nets.
Due to that factor, many have circled the upcoming matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. However, for James Harden, it seems to be a regular game.
When speaking to the media, James Harden claimed that he is "not nervous" about the notion of facing his former team. He claimed that "every game is a big game" for the team, and that due to 76ers' championship aspirations, "every game is a learning process". Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire relayed the news.
“No. I’m not nervous,” he deadpanned. “It’s basketball. I put the work in to go out there and just play my game and live with the results. Honestly, every game is a big game for us. We’re fairly new. We got championship aspirations so every game is a learning process for us no matter who we’re playing.”
There is no doubt that James Harden has a point. As he mentions, at the end of the day "it's basketball". While there are a lot of storylines that surround the two teams, at the end of the day, there will be more games to play.
A lot of attention has also been focused on Ben Simmons, who will likely be sitting on the bench for the same matchup. It will be good for him to face the Philadelphia 76ers crowd, who obviously generally feel negatively about him. Hopefully, there will be no major incidents during the game, but there's no doubt that it will be an amazing contest to watch.