The ever-outspoken Charles Barkley has revealed his thoughts on how he thinks Kevin Durant will fare in Phoenix.
Durant is widely regarded as one of the best players in the NBA, but he’s also become synonymous with players joining teams already built to compete for a championship.
Barkley was asked if he thinks Durant can turn his reputation around by reclaiming the role of «bus driver» in Phoenix.
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After leaving Oklahoma City in 2016 and joining the Warriors, who had just won a record 76 games and the championship in 2015, some began to question Durant’s ability to lead a team. But Barkley believes the superstar forward finally has a chance to change the narrative.
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«One hundred percent. Tremendous amount of pressure on him,» Barkley said. «He should lead that team, and if they win it, I guess older guys like me will give him the credit. We’ve always told him that.»
Last year, Barkley even called Durant a «bus rider,» and Durant took to Twitter to respond to the criticism.
“All this sh*t is disgusting, another terrible analogy of a hated old man who can’t take us making more bread than them,” Durant said in a June 2022 tweet. “It’s just timing Chucky, don’t hate the beach».
Barkley spent four seasons with the Suns, the team that landed Durant in a blockbuster trade last week. The 13-time All-Star joins Chris Paul and Devin Booker in Phoenix, where the expectation is to win a championship.
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If the Suns can pull off an NBA Finals victory during Durant’s tenure, Barkley appears ready to end his criticism.