Charles Barkley: Kevin Durant is a 'bus rider, not a bus driver'


NBA legend Charles Barkley sees a bumpy road ahead for the Brooklyn Nets.

The Hall of Famer and TNT analyst this week explained his pessimism about the Nets' outlook with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving -- and dismissed their recent comments about how they envision the role of head coach after the hiring of Steve Nash.

"I have no idea what the hell is going on in Brooklyn," Barkley quipped on the Dan Patrick Show.

Barkley was responding to remarks recently made by Durant and Irving on the debut episode of Durant's podcast, The ETCs, when they suggested the Nets would revolutionize the role of head coach in professional sports.

"I think it's also going to change the way we see coaches," Irving said. "I don't really see us having a 'head' coach. KD could be a head coach, I could be a head coach."

"Jacque Vaughn could do it, one day," Durant added. "It's a collaborative effort."

But Barkley apparently sees this as a recipe for disaster.

"That was one of the craziest things I've ever heard an NBA player say," Barkley said. "I have no idea -- I mean that was flat-out crazy."

"I think it's going to be fascinating watching those guys, especially in New York."

"Is it going to be a good fascinating, or a bad fascinating?" Patrick asked.

"I think it's going to be a bad fascinating. I think either one of those guys -- they're lucky they don't play for the Knicks -- but I think because they're so high-profile, and because of all the things Kyrie has said the past couple years, they're going to get the same amount of attention that the Knicks get, and it's going to be fascinating to watch."

One of the issues for the Nets, according to Barkley, is a lack of a championship pedigree for Durant, who won two titles with the Warriors after they'd already won one.

"Kevin Durant is still a bus rider until he wins one in Brooklyn," Barkley said, explaining why KD was left off his personal "Mount Rushmore" of basketball greats.

But earlier in the interview, Barkley had kinder words for Durant's game, comparing him to Lakers superstar Anthony Davis.

"AD has an advantage every single night. .. He reminds of Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant. Who do you put on Kevin Durant? You put a little guy on him, he's too big. You put a big guy on him, they're too slow.

"And that's what you get with Anthony Davis. Like, I don't know who you could put on Anthony Davis. .. So LeBron has deferred to him, rightfully so, and that's why they're going to win a championship."