Brooklyn Nets: What a championship would do for their big three’s legacy

Brooklyn Nets James Harden and Kevin Durant (Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports)
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How winning a championship with the Brooklyn Nets will improve Kevin Durant’s legacy

Well, this is where it begins to get interesting. Kevin Durant’s legacy is already great, depending on who you ask. He’s a two-time NBA champion and would likely be a three-time champion if he never got injured in the playoffs two years ago.

Nevertheless, it is what it is. Durant is one of the most talented players in NBA history and will already go down as an all-time, transcendental player. Players his size should not be able to do what he can on the basketball court. His skill-set, for a player his size, is second to none and we may never see another player like him.

The issue with his legacy is that many will hold against him that he “had” to join the Golden State Warriors to win a championship. And losing to them in the playoffs just before joining them a few months later is not a great look. Again, this is depending on who you ask. That is the gripe when it comes to Durant’s legacy, however. Where it gets confusing for me is what do you do with the acquisition of James Harden?

Right now, many would label him as a better player than Durant, mostly because he’s still recovering from his injury. Although, that’s what the situation is. Even if Durant wins a championship this season, many will throw in the card of him having to add Harden. He will get a bit of a pass due to the fact that Harden was acquired via trade and not free agency.

Still, I’m not entirely sure winning a championship in Brooklyn will solve Durant’s legacy issue with the public at large. Durant proving that he can win a championship without Stephen Curry and after recovering from a torn Achilles would certainly help his legacy, there’s no question about that.

Though, I have a hard time believing that his legacy is the one member of this team’s big three that would be buoyed the most should this season end with a title.