Shaquille O’Neal admitted he didn’t even know who he was.
The NBA almost didn’t invite him to the three-point contest, despite him having the second-best three-point percentage entering the All-Star Break with
Meet Joe Harris, well-known if you watch the Brooklyn Nets, and a no-name if you don’t. Get used to him. After stunning the basketball world in the three-point contest, Harris has blown up in the national media.
And he’s likely here to stay.
In Zach Lowe’s latest edition of “10 things I like and don’t like”, Harris was at the top of his list entitled, “Joey Buckets, 3-point champ”. Lowe calls Harris’ story, “The best story of perseverance and growth in the NBA over the past half-decade.”
In the piece, he then explains Harris’ improbable journey from working out of the G-League to becoming Brooklyn’s version of Kyle Korver, while citing a quote he got from Kenny Atkinson. “He was like that battered [deer] you find in the forest. He had no confidence.”
He goes into detail about his style of play and how it helps Brooklyn’s offense, but ends it off with a powerful line that will be in Brooklyn’s head come next off-season.
“If those things come, Harris will be primed for a raise from his $8 million salary when he hits free agency next season. He’s a feisty, smart defender who relishes when opponents assume otherwise. Teammates and coaches love him.
And he just outdueled Stephen freaking Curry in the dude’s hometown at All-Star Weekend. What a story.”
Next Up? Harris was featured in a 10-minute interview on the Dan Patrick Show, talking specifically about the three-point contest.
Humble Joe was asked how his life has changed since winning the competition, he replied by saying, “Not much” then going into short detail about how Atkinson had the guys back in the gym just a couple days after and it was back to the daily grind.
He’s finally putting the league on notice. Last season, he shot 42 percent from three and this year he’s a 47 percent. It was only a matter of time before he blew up. It just took a three-point contest to open that door.
When the national media actually talks about the Nets and their turnaround, everybody discusses guys D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, etc., but if you want to talk about one of the true poster boys for this organization’s rebuild, it’s Joe Harris.
Like Biggie said, “If you don’t know, now you know.”