James Harden made his first public appearance as a new Nets player. The guard, who has revolutionized the NBA with his arrival in Brooklyn, defined himself as an elite player, an elite teammate, an elite leader.  Later, on the change that his game can experience being in the same team as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

I assure myself that I am willing to do whatever it takes to win. With his arrival, the Nets have come to be considered one of the great favorites to the ring. Only the Lakers are ahead of them in betting. I think, for me, giving myself a chance is very, very important. When I was younger, I wanted to get paid and take care of my family. Now, at this stage in my career, I’m giving myself the opportunity to do something that I don’t I have done, that I have not achieved yet in this League. That is why I am here in Brooklyn.

Obviously, we know that it is not easy, but with this squad, this coaching staff, and this organization, I think we have a legitimate opportunity, he said about his aspirations to win the title.

The ultimate goal was to get somewhere where I could compete and here I am

Harden said his relationships with Kevin Durant, who he met on the Thunder, and assistant coach Mike D’Antoni, who managed him on the Rockets, made Brooklyn a perfect place. Coach Steve Nash said that as soon as Harden is available to play, he will debut with the Nets. ‘La Barba’ has passed the medical examination, but cannot participate with the team in any activity until all the players involved in the transfer, which included four franchises, have passed their physical exams.

Harden’s departure from Houston has been controversial. He’s overweight, his absences from the first practice, his parties, his words saying the Rockets weren’t good enough  I’ve been there for a long time. I’ve been through all the ups and downs. And I wasn’t disrespectful to anyone. Just I made a comment that the team as a whole was not good enough to compete for a title. And at this stage of my career, where I am now, that’s what I would love. I was not trying to be disrespectful to anyone, especially with the organization. As I said, I’m excited to be here in Brooklyn, excited for a new beginning. I’m sorry because I’m not the type of person that I don’t need attention. The ultimate goal was to get somewhere where I could compete and here I am.