The Brooklyn Nets have announced that star guard James Harden experiences a setback in his hamstring rehabilitation and he will now be out indefinitely. "Back to square one," Nets coach Steve Nash said, per ESPN.
"We'll rehabilitate him and get him back whenever we can, and who knows when that will be. We'll support James and our performance team in getting him back in as best condition as possible. And hopefully that comes sooner than later, but there's no guarantee."
The Nets don't know what exactly caused the Harden setback. "He just felt it," Nash said. "He didn't fall or stumble or anything out of the ordinary; he just felt something maybe in the ballpark of a strain.
Then the scan revealed he did suffer a setback. So not much more to it other than just disappointment and that we have to rebuild and get him going again."
Harden has been out for more than two weeks
This season, Harden has averaged 25.2 points, eight rebounds and 10.9 assists.
Meanwhile, Nets star guard Kyrie Irving commented on the conviction of Derek Chauvin. "We have a long way to go as a country. Obviously there's some progress being made in conversations being had and justice being served.
But we still have a long way to go. It's a great time to reflect and see how far we've come in the last year with the verdict and the case. And unfortunately losing a life ... a few lives last year through police brutality.
There's violence out in the streets. So you just want to galvanize each other and be there for each other as human beings and continue to support justice being served," Irving said. On the other side, Nets head coach Nash said: "It's bittersweet.
Obviously, George Floyd lost his life as many others have unjustly, and we can't forget that people are losing their lives. On the other hand, it is a small gesture of justice and possibly hope for the future in that perhaps all the social justice movements, the NBA, the WNBA with the community at large are really making an impact.
Whether it's small and creating a tipping point or whether it's large, it gives hope that the voices of many are making change and we have a better future for our kids." The Nets played on Tuesday night in New Orleans and claimed a 134-129 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.