Barkley Says Durant Is Cheating To Get A Ring; Forgets He Tried The Same Thing in The 90’s
There isn’t a more entertaining and hypocritical person on television than former NBA all-star Charles Barkley. There’s one thing that Barkley hates more than most and that’s a ring chaser.
A few days ago, former Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant took his talents to the Bay Area to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the same team that defeated his squad in this year’s playoffs.
Barkley made these comments on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike on Wednesday:
“I was disappointed. I was disappointed like I was disappointed when LeBron [James] went to Miami,” Barkley said […] “Kevin is a terrific player, he’s a good kid. But just disappointed with the fact that he weakened another team and he’s gonna kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team. Just disappointed from a competitive standpoint. Because just like it meant more to LeBron to win one in Cleveland, it would mean more to Kevin to win one in Oklahoma than it would be in Golden State.”“Listen, I’m not going to hate on Kevin Durant. Just disappointed, but I was disappointed when LeBron … like, I was really excited when LeBron went back to Cleveland, because I knew it would mean more to that city. If Golden State wins again, it’ll be like, ‘Well, we expected to win. We just won a championship two years ago. We just won 73 games.’” […]“We develop this thing where you keep telling these guys, ‘Hey man, if you don’t win a championship you’re a bum.’ I don’t feel like a bum,” he said. “I’m pretty sure Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and John Stockton — we think we’re pretty damn good. We could have played with some of those other guys and kind of cheated our way to a championship. But there is this thing that started with this new generation where these guys feel so much pressure. Everybody wants to win.“I’m a big Chris Paul fan. I’m sure Chris Paul wants to win a championship. And he could, when his contract is up, go join one of these super teams and get a championship. But it won’t be the same as leading your team where you’re the bus driver instead of the bus rider.”
Barkley played 16 seasons in his Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets, but he seems to forget he facilitated a trade in 1996 in order to win a ring with the Houston Rockets who were coming off back-to-back NBA Titles.
Of course, he denies he did that:
“First of all, let’s get a couple misnomers. I got traded to Houston. I didn’t get asked to go to Houston. First of all, I never asked to go to Houston.So, that notion — I’ve heard that several times, that I was chasing a ring. I never chased a ring.I got out of Philly, because they were a bad organization. They traded the No. 1 pick in the draft, Brad Daugherty. So, I got traded to Phoenix. That was the only time I demanded a trade and wasn’t going to play anymore.But the Suns traded me to Houston. I wasn’t chasing a ring. I’ve never felt like a ring was — this ain’t like the mafia or Jerry Maguire where this thing completes. I was a heck of a player. I didn’t win it. I’m cool with that. I never played on the best team.But this notion that I chased a ring in Houston — they traded me to Houston. I never said let me go play with old Clyde, old Hakeem and old Charles Barkley. So, that’s actually 100 percent not true.”
“I’m very excited,” he told two Philly TV stations. “Obviously, it’s something I wanted to do. Houston was my first priority.”“At this stage of my career, I’m not a great player. I’m a good player,” he said. “But with Hakeem and Clyde, I have a great shot at a championship.”“I called the shots,” he said. “When push comes to shove, I think you have to stand up to the system.”