Charles Barkley, Kevin Durant Continue War Of Words

The war of words between NBA Hall of Famer turned TNT analyst Charles Barkley and Nets forward Kevin Durant isn’t going away.

With the Nets now out of the NBA playoffs after getting swept by the Celtics in Round 1, Barkley further expounded on his comments that Durant is a “bus rider.”

“I can put up stuff [on social media] about him, Russell [Westbrook] and James [Harden] and Serge Ibaka … KD [Kevin Durant] is a great player,” Barkley said on Tuesday’s Inside the NBA, via the New York Post. “The only point I was making: Life is different when you’re driving the bus.

“When I am in the room with the other Hall of Famers, I don’t get to the sit at their table. That’s the way it is … They are champions.”

Barkley previously said after the Nets’ 109-103 Game 3 defeat to the Celtics that Durant was playing more like a “bus rider” than a “bus driver.” Barkley questioned Durant’s two championship rings in Golden State, where Durant joined All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

“If you ain’t driving the bus, don’t walk around talkin’ ‘bout you a champion,” Barkley said.

Barkley, meanwhile, infamously finished his 16-year career without a ring. Durant poked fun at that during an Instagram post Tuesday, and showed photos of all the greats that Barkley played alongside during his career.

“Where would Chuck be without the big homies,” Durant wrote.

In an effort to win a ring before his retirement, Barkley was traded to the Rockets and joined Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler ahead of the 1996-97 season. Houston had won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995 and was looking to win one more before its aging core began to decline.

Barkley, Olajuwon and Drexler reached the Western Conference Finals in 1996-97, but never raised the Larry O’Brien Trophy.


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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.

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