Jason Williams has retired from the NBA but he still shared his opinion on the 2016 free agency. In a recent interview, the former Oklahoma City Thunder point guard defended Kevin Durant’s decision to go to the powerhouse team Golden State Warriors and also called ex-pro Charles Barkley a “loser”.
Via Did You See That, Williams credited Durant for doing what he wants in free agency and also bashed Barkley for his criticism of Durant for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Ah man, you can’t put me on Kevin Durant’s level first and foremost. If I was Kevin Durant and that’s what I wanted to do, then that’s what I would’ve done. I wouldn’t have made a decision based on anybody else,” Williams said in the interview.
“Because it seems like he’s done that for eight or nine years now. You know you’ve [got to] take care of yourself and make yourself happy at the end of the day.”
Williams, who also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic in his NBA career, was critical of Barkley, who previously called out Durant in his free agency decision after NBA rumors linking him to other teams.
“I mean all these guys [Charles] Barkley and them talking about oh they wouldn’t have done it, well they [were] never free agents back in the day…like they didn’t have the choice. Nobody wanted his ass [Barkley] on their team because he was a loser. So that’s what I think about that,” Williams added.
Williams teamed up with former Kings point guard Mike Bibby for the Pedro’s Posse team in The Basketball Tournament, where they were eliminated in the Round of 16. Williams finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in their loss.
The Basketball Tournament is an event attended by former NBA pros like Williams and Bibby plus other former college stars. The winning team of the tournament will take home $2 million.
Aside from talking about Kevin Durant’s decision and criticizing Charles Barkley, Jason Williams also shared his thoughts about still playing basketball even at the age of 40.
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