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Ray Allen On Brooklyn Nets Title Chances: "I Believe They Have The Talent To Win The Title, But Winning The Title Is So Much More Than Just An Assemblage Of Players."

(via Sportstar - The Hindu)

(via Sportstar - The Hindu)

The Brooklyn Nets traded for James Harden earlier this season, in order to maximize the chances of winning a championship. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden make a ferocious big three: they are certainly of the caliber to win a championship. Their shot-making is next level, and all of their games consist of elite shot creation, especially in one-on-one situations.

Someone who knows a lot about being part of a big three is Ray Allen: he famously won the 2008 title with the Boston Celtics, and another one with the Miami Heat later on in his career. Ray Allen commented on the Brooklyn Nets in an interview with CBS Sports:

I believe they have the talent to win the title, but winning the title is so much more than just an assemblage of players. When I look at the teams I played on, some of the most important players for both championship years were P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, James Posey, Eddie House, Leon Powe. And then James Jones, Mike Miller, Juwan Howard, Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier. Guys that took charges, guys that didn't care about their stats. 

Some games are going to require someone aside from Kyrie, Kevin or James to hit a shot to allow them to win a game, and they have to be OK with that. They have to be willing to put other people in those positions. That's what makes a championship team, when you have a big three like that.

They're definitely all ball-dominant players, but I really think they can do anything. From what I've seen from each of them is that they're very basketball savvy. High basketball IQs. Now the question is, are they gonna do it and compromise what it is that they've done over their careers to get to the next level? 

Ray Allen highlights the fact that some of the most important players on a team are role players who are willing to do the dirty work on the defensive end and sacrifice their personal statistics for the greater good. However, Ray Allen does think that the Nets trio could win a championship if they compromise: there is no talent barrier. If the Brooklyn Nets trio can figure out their respective roles, then they could easily win a championship, based on player talent alone.