Charles Barkley is not someone who will shy away from voicing his opinion or telling it how it is. On the other hand, Kevin Durant will respond to almost anyone disrespecting his career and legacy. That combination made for many clashings between the two, and the latest one is revolved around Charles' infamous "bus driver" analogy.
No respect for KD
Kevin Durant may be a 2x champion, 2x Finals MVP, and one of the greatest scorers of all time, but that doesn't mean he has gotten the respect he feels he deserves from fans, his peers, and especially the old-school players.
The fact KD joined the Warriors didn't sit well with the majority of the NBA world, and especially the past players that played in an era of loyalty and competitiveness. Especially Charles Barkley, who made note countless times to call it a weak move and disrespect Durant.
The fact the Warriors managed to get back to the promised land even after Durant left only made the critics louder, pointing out how they really didn't need him in those years.
Charles went on ESPN the other day and said that Durant needs to win on his own without a super-team if he wants respect from the greats, saying he needs to be the "bus driver."
"Before KD gets that great respect from all the 'old heads,' he's going to have to win a championship as the 'bus driver.' He joined that team that already won a championship, no disrespect, that's just a fact… Until he is the guy on a championship, we're not going to ever give him the respect that he probably deserves. The game hasn't changed. Kobe said it, LeBron said it, we're going to hold him to the same high standard."
Charles Barkley, Get Up
Of course, Kevin Durant, in his style, went to Twitter to respond and defend himself:
"All this sh*t is nasty, another terrible analogy from a hatin old head that can't accept that we making more bread than them. It's just timing Chucky, don't hate the playa."
Kevin Durant, Twitter
Like always, Durant is sensitive, especially when people are doubting and discrediting his legacy. Barkley's comments obviously hurt him, as he even decided to go after Charles's pockets. But I doubt Barkley is saying this because Durant made more money than him.
Charles is just the messenger of the majority of the NBA world. Nobody really feels KD fulfilled his career with those two rings with the Warriors, and the Nets superstar knows that -- that's why he left a comfortable situation to finally win on his own and earn respect, whether he wants to admit it or not.
So far, it's not going too well, and the clock is ticking. So it's no wonder KD is a bit more overprotective regarding his career these days.