TNT analyst and Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, is not a fan of Kevin Durant moving to the Warriors.
“I was disappointed. I was disappointed like I was disappointed when LeBron went to Miami, ” said Barkley in an interview on Mike and Mike on Wednesday. “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.”
Barkley is among a long list of NBA greats to never win an NBA Championships but make large impacts on the game.
From Allen Iverson to Elgin Baylor, many of these players are discounted for never achieving the most highly sought award in the league.
“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,” reasoned Barkley. “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.”