Charles Barkley isn’t a fan of Kevin Durant’s decision to play for Golden State. Reggie Miller isn’t a happy camper either.
Barkley said Durant is jumping on the “gravy train” to win a title during ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, and that he thinks Durant’s trying to cheat his way into winning.
“But when you all get together and say, ‘Let’s dominate the league,’ and try to cheat your way to a championship … Don’t you want to compete?” Barkley said. “I would love to go back in my day and [say], ‘Hey, let me call Michael Jordan and Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and let’s just dominate the NBA.’ ”
This, according to Charles Barkley. A man who played for three teams during his career. (Granted, he was traded twice.) A man who played for Houston in 1996 just after the team won two back-to-back championships in 1994 and ’95. That team he joined just happened to have legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler on it. But no matter!
Miller’s story is a little different. He, like very few players, played the entire duration of his career with one team — the Indiana Pacers. He reportedly briefly flirted with joining the superstar-laden Boston Celtics at the end of his career but opted to retire instead. Miller discussed Durant’s decision — and the factors that led to it — in a Bleacher Report post.
“The media only cares about rings, and rightfully so,” Miller wrote. “We are judged on jewelry, so that’s why I can’t argue with it. From a personal standpoint, I’m upset that a small market will never recover from it. … To me, it’s about your legacy versus rings.”
Are Barkley and Miller salty that they didn’t win a championship? Possibly.
Miller wrote directly to that point.
“This is just my opinion,” Miller said. “Others will feel differently. People will read this and say, ‘This is coming from a guy who never won a championship.’ That’s fine with me. And again, I get Durant’s decision. I understand that temptation.”
Which ring-less NBA star will be the next to criticize Durant? Karl Malone and John Stockton, where you at? Patrick Ewing, got anything to say? How about you, Dominique Wilkins, Chris Webber and Tracy McGrady?