SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — As expected, the superstar-packed Golden State Warriors are going to catch some heavy criticism, and noted Golden State Warriors detractor Charles Barkley pulled no punches when sounding off on Kevin Durant’s decision to join the team.
In an interview with ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” morning show, Barkley called Durant’s choice a “scapegoat move” and accused the former MVP of taking the easy way to a championship.
“Kevin is a terrific player, he’s a good kid,” Barkley said Wednesday morning. “But just disappointed with the fact that he weakened another team and he’s gonna kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team. Just disappointed from a competitive standpoint. Because just like it meant more to LeBron to win one in Cleveland, it would mean more to Kevin to win one in Oklahoma than it would be in Golden State.”
It’s worth nothing that Barkley never won an NBA championship, and in 1996, he demanded a trade to a Houston Rockets team that had won back-to-back titles.
This is not the first time Barkley has taken a negative stance against the Warriors.
In each of the last two seasons, he’s said multiple times he doesn’t like jump shooting teams and has picked against Golden State to win the NBA Finals.