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Kevin Durant and James Harden miss playing together (VIDEO)

Aug 14, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

Kevin Durant and James Harden sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (now the guys from ABC’s NBA pregame show although both had plenty of success before that) and talked about what it felt like when everyone’s favorite young team was broken up last season in OKC. Basically, they both miss playing together — they grew up in the NBA together, then got reminded it was a business in a sharp way.

Now both are on different potential contenders. Both have questions to answer: How much more can Durant and Russell Westbrook grow (they are 25) and can that overcome the loss of Harden then Kevin Martin as a third scorer (or can Jeremy Lamb step into that role)? How will Harden and Dwight Howard meld in Houston and what exactly is that high-octane, uptempo offense going to look like now? But the odds these two could face off in the Western Conference Finals in the next few years are pretty good. Both guys are understandably optimistic about the future.

Enjoy this video via Grantland.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I miss them playing together too. The Harden trade will go down as one of the all-time NBA “What Ifs”. I think the Thunder lost out on a couple titles with that trade.

    • spursareold - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      All they had to do was either trade Westbrick instead, or amnesty Perkins. You can get what Perk brings, some post D and rebounds, for a LOT cheaper than he costs.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        Zach Lowe broke it down not too long ago, and if they amnestied Perkins and kept Harden at a max salary it would have cost them about $8 million more per year. Now most of us would say that’s an easy decision, but the Thunder are proving to be very very frugal. They let Kevin Martin go over money, they signed their rookie to 80% of the rookie scale instead of the standard 120%, and they got the league to pick up some of KD & Fisher’s contracts. It’s almost getting weird how cheap they are.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Perk doesn’t even bring that. He’s the worst player in the entire NBA that gets a decent amount of minutes . The Perkins extension, the Harden trade, and the fascination with Scott Brooks and Derek Fisher makes the whole “Sam Presti – Genius” label seem comical.

  2. abchome - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Blame small market…

    But wait, you got $30 million operating profits in 2012/13. And you pay $325 million in 2006 for a team now valued at $475 million by Forbes…

  3. lastdukestreetking - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Partly small market but biggest reason is the very punitive luxury tax in the current CBA. Will be impossible to keep a team with 3 max guys without an owner willing to pay a large tax penalty.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      True, and now there reports out about the league and Adam Sliver wanting to try for a hard cap, meaning rich owners couldn’t spend more than the top of the hard cap even if they wanted to…

  4. yousuxxors - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    the luxury tax killed small market teams

    • spursareold - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      San Antonio, Memphis, OKC, and Indy say “Hi”.

  5. BigBeachBall - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    He’s trying to recruit somebody like harden right now… Watch out clippers, he’s going to rob u.

  6. htownred34 - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Lol he said James is the best guard in the league, I guess he meant shooting guards cuz I was like way to throw Westbrook under the bus…

  7. soflasfinest - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Boo freaking hoo.

  8. fruitcovejag - Aug 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Don’t bet on Dwight Howard! Harden yes, Howard no.

  9. jebdamone - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    uhhh…whats up with the bat jalen?

  10. farvite - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Reunite in Seattle when we get our team back!!

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