The 'abject failure' that hangs over James Harden's Nets after 'biggest trade in US sports history'
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fairly easy
Well, it's a pretty simple equation for the Nets now. There is only one end result that can possibly justify what they did.
They must win an NBA championship.

They must conduct a parade route that will start at Barclays Center, where Atlantic meets Flatbush, climaxes with a rally in the wide plaza of Boro Hall, bathed in ticker tape, the Brooklyn Bridge proudly overseeing the whole festivity, not far from the Dodgers' old headquarters on Montague Street.

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Friday January 15th

Otherwise, the deal Sean Marks made Wednesday (US time) will go down as the most ludicrous swap in the history of sports. Marks is bringing James Harden to Brooklyn, teaming him with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, whenever Irving decides to go back to work.

That will be some eye-popping basketball on a lot of nights. The Nets, already a dynamic offensive carnival act, may score 150 points some nights. The Nets, already a deplorable defensive team, may well allow 150 points some nights. It will be impossible not to watch.

And that's swell.


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But there is only one acceptable result now. When you rid yourself of three useful players — Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince — and three unprotected No. 1 picks (2022, '24, '26) and four swaps (2021, '23, '25, '27) for a 31-year-old gunner with a question-mark playoff past who desperately wanted to team with Durant to change that perception …

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