TNT analyst Charles Barkley has responded to Kevin Durant’s quick comeback after Barkley’s initial criticism by saying the two-time NBA Finals MVP didn’t play like he was the ‘bus driver’. “, but rather a “bus passenger”.
“If you’re not driving the bus, don’t walk around saying you’re a champ,” Barkley previously said.
Earlier Tuesday, Durant called out Barkley for “ring hunting” in his career, referencing playing times with Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks in Philadelphia earlier in his career. Durant also posted a photo of the Hall of Famer playing with Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler in Houston near the end of his career.
Before Tuesday’s playoffs Inside the NBA on TNT, Barkley responded to Durant’s response by attempting to play down the situation.
“You think they’ve already put up this play-in banner,” Barkley said. “I can put stuff on him, Russell [Westbrook] and Jacques [Harden] and Serge Ibaka … KD [Kevin Durant] is a great player. The only point I wanted to say: life is different when you drive the bus. »
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For those who may not fully understand the term “bus driver”, Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal provided the perfect clear and simple definition. “Bus drivers mean it’s your team,” O’Neal said on Inside the NBA.
It took Durant to join Golden State to win two championships during his three seasons with the Warriors from 2016 to 2019. However, the 12-time All-Star hasn’t won another ring since his time in the Bay Area, which has earned him tons of slander from pundits and critics alike.
Boston getting the 4-0 sweep against Brooklyn on Monday didn’t help Durant’s case in the dispute, although he finished Game 4 with 39 points in a home loss.
“When I’m in the room with the other Hall of Famers, I can’t sit at their table,” Barkley said. “That’s how it is… They are champions.”
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