Brooklyn Nets All-Star James Harden had a disappointing end to his 2021 playoff run. After being acquired by Brooklyn from the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster trade in January, Harden and the Nets were widely viewed as the favorites to win the 2021 NBA title. But a hamstring injury to Harden in the opening minutes of their second-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks compromised his play in the series which they lost in 7 games. But this year Harden is back and healthy. And he and the rest of the Nets veterans are looking to get back into game shape.

“Yeah, and I’ve been doing individual workouts and conditioning and things like that. But five-on-five competition is totally different than working out individually. So, the more we can get five-on-five games and build our conditioning up. And not just myself, our entire team. … I feel like we’re behind a little in [that] sense,” Harden said per Brian Lewis of the “New York Post.” “We haven’t let any young guys play. We’ve just been playing; all vets are trying to get in shape and get some continuity and get to know each other.”

 

James Harden Details the State of the Nets Team Chemistry

This offseason was a busy one for Nets’ general manager Sean Marks and his front office. Brooklyn will bring in quite a few new faces from their free agency pickups such as Paul Millsap, Patty Mills, and James Johnson. Harden is putting the responsibility on himself to start the process of building team chemistry off the court.