Charles Barkley is once again throwing major shots at Kevin Durant.
Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets came to a conclusion earlier this week that they were best served to stick together, two months after Durant demanded a trade out of Brooklyn.
Durant had not only demanded a trade but also wanted several people fired as well. In a statement, Nets general manager Sean Marks said the two sides would “move forward” in their pursuit of bringing an NBA championship to Brooklyn.
During an interview with ArizonaSports.com, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley called Durant “Mr. Miserable” and referred to his career as a team leader an “abject failure.”
“All the old guys, he get mad we say it, (but) he piggybacked on the Warriors to win his first two championships,” Barkley said on Thursday. “But if you go back and look at his career, as the best player and being the leader that all goes with that, he’s been an abject failure. Every time he’s had to be the leader and best player, he has not had success. That’s what us old guys think about him.
“He seems like a miserable person, man. I call him Mr. Miserable, he’s never going to be happy. Everybody’s given him everything on a silver platter. He was the man in Oklahoma City, they loved him, he owned the entire state. He bolts on them and wins back-to-back championships (with Golden State), and he’s still not happy. Then he goes to Brooklyn, they give him everything he wants and he’s still miserable.”
Durant demanded a trade from the Nets at the end of June following a playoff sweep at the hand of the Boston Celtics. The trade demand followed a tumultuous year for the Nets, who traded James Harden for Ben Simmons at the trade deadline. Simmons would not appear in a single game for the Nets as he dealt with a back injury.
Point guard Kyrie Irving only played in 29 games during the 2021-2022 regular season due to New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Durant, Irving and Simmons should be able to contend in a top-heavy Eastern Conference.