Charles Barkley Says Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant Not “Tough Enough” To Play In New York
Since Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were all buddy-buddy during the NBA all-star break, there have been multiple rumors that both superstars will leave their current team in free agency and possibly sign with the New York Knicks who will have enough money for two max contracts.
Charles Barkley doesn’t think that is a good idea. Not because the Knicks have sucked for x amount of years, but because, he doesn’t think either star could handle the city of New York and what comes with being the face of that franchise.
“You ain’t tough enough to play in New York,” Barkley said of Durant. “I don’t think him or Kyrie are tough enough to play in New York.”
“Kyrie’s a very good player, Kevin’s a great, great player, but I’m not sure they have the mental makeup to play in New York,” Barkey added. “There’s a lot that comes with playing in New York. And those guys are complaining about media asking questions and things like that, maybe New York isn’t for them.”
Both players have clashed with the media in years past, and even more this season because of their impending free agency as well as other things.
“New York is a different animal,” he added. “There are certain places everybody can’t play.”