Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is known for not being a fan of the Golden State Warriors and you expect him to take a shot at them before the start of the NBA season. In a recent interview, Barkley told the newest Warrior, Kevin Durant, to “shut up” and stop taking shots at Russell Westbrook.
“He’s made himself a villain by taking all these shots at Oklahoma City for no reason. There’s no reason for that. He left, he’s happy, shut up. When you’re taking shots at Russell and those guys, that’s not necessary,” Barkley told Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press.
Barkley was talking about how Kevin Durant has been taking subtle shots at his former team. While speaking at Stanford University last October 10, KD said that he loves how the Warriors treat each other like family and the players are selfless.
“You hear ‘family’ a lot. That’s just a word sometimes, but this is really a lifestyle here (Golden State). You can feel it when you walk in the door, in the practice facility, everybody is just together. That’s something that I can appreciate as a basketball player and someone who values relationships,” Durant said, via CSN Bay Area.
Many OKC fans think that their former superstar was calling the team, especially Russell Westbrook, selfish. The two stars had a great run together that include six playoff seasons with one NBA Finals appearance.
Nevertheless, Kevin Durant took a risk this summer by leaving Oklahoma City and joining the Warriors that already had Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The former MVP teaming up with the three All-Stars have made Golden State the favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship.
However, Charles Barkley is still not a fan of the Warriors even with Durant adding his scoring and firepower to the team. He thinks that Golden State is still a “flawed team” and they need to make a lot of adjustments.
“Let me say this: I still think they got some of the same issues this year with that team,” Barkley told AP.
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