James Harden starred in his first appearance with the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, managing a triple-double which made him the first NBA player in history to do so in a debut display.
More importantly, this helped the Brooklyn Nets to a 122-115 win over Orlando Magic which has many tipping Harden‘s side for success.
“My ability to create plays will show,” said Harden in his first press conference with the Nets.
“We have two elite scorers that the world already knows and together we will achieve great things.
“My job is to come here, obviously score baskets when needed, but my ability to play the game and get our shooters shots, get our big hitters around the rim and improve the whole squad is an aspect of my game that will excel in this offense.
“As long as I improve my teammates, it doesn’t matter about the points.”
Harden‘s record breaking debut seems even more impressive considering the fact that he was not even able to train with his new teammates before taking to the court against the Orlando Magic.
Kevin Durant, with whom he already played at the Oklahoma City Thunder, finished with 42 points and spoke of his delight to be playing with Harden again.
“At first I felt like we were all outmatched, trying to make everyone feel comfortable, and then he just got into his mode of being aggressive to score and that opened the whole game to others,” Durant said after the game.