Kevin Durant takes another shot at Charles Barkley: 'A bunch of s–t you just make up'

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Charles Barkley believes Kevin Durant’s ring-chasing will make persona non grata with NBA legends.

To which Durant asks: which legends?

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Barkley has taken great pleasure in being a critic of the Brooklyn Nets star, who often has been maligned for joining the Golden State Warriors, where he won a pair championships before leaving for the Nets.

Lately, a feud has ramped up after Barkley criticized Durant for being a “bus rider” instead of “bus driver” during his time with the Warriors. That effectively means Steph Curry and, to a lesser degree, Klay Thompson were doing the most important work and getting all the defensive attention, which allowed for Durant’s success.

Shaquille O’Neal has gotten involved in the feud, as have current NBA players like CJ McCollum. Addressing the situation on his podcast “The ETCs”, Durant didn’t miss an opportunity to fire a rebuttal at Barkley.

“Bus riders, bus drivers, what does that even mean?" Durant said (29:30 in player above). "We play a team game at the end of the day, and we all play with great players. But I feel like I can stand out amongst any player, I don’t have to minimize myself, even when I’m around great players. So no, I’ve never looked at it as I’m riding the bus because I played a lot of minutes and scored a lot of points for that team.

“If I was the 12th man on the team and played no minutes and had eight points but was walking around here like I’m the best player in the league – which I don’t even do now and I can average 30 points. That s–t just don’t make sense to me. ...

“Then you say I won’t get respect from the legends. What legends? What group of legends you talking about? Like who, who won’t respect me? Because every time I run into a legend I get nothing but love, what are you talking about? Know what I’m saying? Who is this group of guys that I’m supposed to go have a conversation with to ask if I can get respect from? It’s just a bunch of s–t you just make up. Bus riders, bus drivers, I played a lot of minutes. I shot a lot of shots. I made a lot of shots. What are you talking about?”

Ultimately, the discourse around Durant’s effectiveness with the Warriors is moot. They won titles with him and his presence most certainly didn’t hurt them.

But Barkley is doing his job by stirring up conversation, and Durant is equally within his rights to push back.

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