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The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers will meet for the first time on Thursday since the blockbuster trade involving James Harden and Ben Simmons.
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Nets star Kyrie Irving recently spoke about the trade, saying he was at peace with his former teammate’s decision to seek a trade from Brooklyn.
“If that’s what James wanted, then I respect his decision, and that’s exactly what it is. I wish him nothing but peace and love. We have a great friendship, but it didn’t work,” Irving said after his 50-point performance over the Charlotte Hornets, via ESPN.com.
NET, 76ERS MEET AFTER SIMMONS-HARDEN TRADE
Before the Nets traded Harden, he would have made his displeasure with Irving clear. Irving was only able to play in road games this season because he was not vaccinated. Irving said he wanted Harden to give a specific reason why he wanted to leave the Nets,
“I wish things were better communicated for all of us as men. But hey, no hard feelings here with me or anyone else,” Irving said.
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Since the Harden trade, the Nets are 4-7 in 11 games, and they are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers are 5-0 with Harden in the lineup and 8-2 overall since the trade.
Simmons would not play in Thursday’s game against the 76ers.