The New Brooklyn Nets

Superstar guard James Harden landed in Brooklyn yesterday, and was putting up shots at the Nets practice facility in Sunset Park by 7:00 p.m. ET.

“Obviously Mike [D’Antoni] is a factor, being comfortable with Kevin [Durant], knowing Kyrie [Irving],” Harden answered when asked why he wanted to join the team.

Questions linger about a Big 3 consisting of Harden, Durant and Irving — three isolation-ball players. Nets general manager Sean Marks says Harden told him that he’ll do whatever the team needs.

Irving remains a question mark. “We are disappointed that Kyrie is not amongst us,” Marks told reporters.

Marks did not consult Irving before he hired head coach Steve Nash in September. Irving is frustrated with the Nets front office because of this, and his relationship with Nash is shaky at best.

“I was the first person to call him Coach Nash, but I call him Steve,” Irving said on Durant’s podcast in October. “I don’t really see us having a head coach.”

“I do not have an update on when [Irving will] be back,” Nash told reporters today.

Irving was fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating COVID-19 protocols when he attended a private indoor party last weekend. He will also forfeit $816,898 in salary for the games he missed in quarantine.