The Brooklyn Nets will be the focus of attention of the entire NBA community next season. On the one hand, the franchise has managed to save its Big 3 and convince Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons to give it a shot and play together.
On the other hand, many believe due to tensions from the last season, the Nets trio might not gel well together and ultimately are destined to fail.
Whether it's the first outcome or the second, the Nets' season will be watched closely by everyone. NBA analyst Mike Greenberg seems to push the narrative that not only will the three superstars play well, but they will also play so good that it could be considered a nightmare for other teams.
He simply believes it because each of them has something to prove, and it will result in becoming a huge motivating factor for them.
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“This is your worst nightmare happening here. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons are each individually highly-motivated. Durant because when you cut through all of the other nonsense that goes with him, he’s one of the greatest players that ever lived and burns to be great.
Kyrie Irving has every reason in the world to show up and play every single day because he’s never gonna get paid anywhere near what he genuinely deserves or what his talent would suggest he’s worth if he doesn’t go out there and play every single day.
Ben Simmons is a guy who I think has put himself in some serious jeopardy of the whole world forgetting that he’s an All-NBA caliber player. No one talks about him that way anymore but that’s how good he is. They are going to be motivated, they are going to be together. I think the Nets are a legitimate championship contender as currently constituted.
Greenberg made a very good point about the three stars never actually getting a chance to play together last season. Even during their underwhelming playoff performance, the Nets didn't have Ben Simmons healthy, and he was sidelined.
But at the same time, this is a double-edged sword for the Nets. They may have managed to calm the waters, for now, but there is no guarantee of how long this peace will last. If the Nets do not win the NBA Championship or at least reach the NBA Finals next season, it could mean the franchise losing its core and shifting to rebuilding mode straight away.