Kevin Durant Dismisses Charles Barkley’s Criticism That He’s Cheating To Get A Ring (Video)
After Kevin Durant made his decision to take his talents from the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team he had been with his entire NBA career, to the Golden State Warriors, it was met with heavy criticism on social media and from current and former players.
None were louder than former NBA forward and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who had this to say about Durant & others:
“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.”
“Those are two guys, you know?” Durant told reporters at USA Basketball media availability Monday. “They’ve got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way, but they don’t have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone. If Charles Barkley said it, it must be true. If Reggie Miller says it, it must be true. It just feels like it’s bigger than what it is.”
KD on the Charles Barkley/Reggie Miller comments pic.twitter.com/Xw8JO0es1E
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 18, 2016