But why would Harden, who chose Brooklyn over Philadelphia just over a year ago flip now?
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:
Harden has been vocal to Nets figures and close contacts alike about his frustrations regarding Kyrie Irving’s part-time playing status. Getting vaccinated would also provide Irving an additional benefit: Allowing him to play Brooklyn home games in a city with a vaccine mandate backed up by the NBA. Though Harden might want Irving partially available rather than completely unavailable, Harden would probably prefer Irving be completely available.
To be fair, Irving quickly deferred to Harden as the lead guard when the Nets traded for Harden last year. Irving’s initial sacrifice ought to buy him some benefit of the doubt about his commitment to making Harden feel welcome in Brooklyn and helping the team win.