GSW would ‘never lose’ if they have Kawhi Leonard instead of Kevin Durant, says Charles Barkley

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The Golden State Warriors became the top favorite to win the 2017 NBA championship after the acquisition of Kevin Durant last summer. TNT analyst Charles Barkley isn’t a fan of KD’s decision to join the 73-9 win team to get his first NBA championship title. Barkley believes that the Warriors would be a better team if they have Kawhi Leonard instead of Durant.

Kevin Durant earned criticisms after he decided to join the Warriors in the recent free agency. The Oklahoma City Thunder managed to enter the Western Conference Finals last season but fell short. Before he announced his decision, most people expected Durant to continue leading the Thunder, together with Russell Westbrook.

However, that didn’t happen as Durant joined their West rivals. The Warriors were already a great team even without KD. They won the 2015 NBA championship title and broke the ’95-96 Chicago Bulls regular season record of most wins. Unfortunately, they failed to win the 2016 NBA championship title after blowing a 3-1 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers.


TNT analyst Charles Barkley believes that Kevin Durant jumped on the “gravy train” to win a title. The 11-time NBA All-Star thinks KD’s trying to cheat to win.

“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.’ ”

Recently, Barkley throws another punch to Durant, saying that the Warriors would be better if they have Kawhi Leonard. Barkley compared the two superstars and claimed that Leonard is a better rebounder and defender. He also stated the Warriors would “never lose” if Leonard is on their side.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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