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Look: Kevin Durant Has Fired Back At Charles Barkley

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant looks off into the distance.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 05: Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on January 05, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After his Brooklyn Nets got swept out of the first round by the Boston Celtics, Kevin Durant pushed back on one of his harshest critics.

On Saturday night, Charles Barkley chastised Durant for coming up short with 66 points through the series' first three losses. He also insinuated that the star forward wasn't a primary reason why the Golden State Warriors won back-to-back NBA championships in 2017 and 2018.

"Let me tell you something," Barkley said on TNT. "I don’t want to bad-mouth the dude, but all these bus riders, they don’t mean nothing to me. If you ain’t driving the bus, don’t walk around talkin’ bout you a champion.”

Durant has heard the superteam criticism before, so he didn't take Barkley's complaints lying down. Instead, the 33-year-old made Instagram Story posts reminding everyone that Sir Charles also attempted (unsuccessfully) to team up with superstars to win a ring. Durant shared photos of Barkley standing next to iconic players on the Houston Rockets. One sees him with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler while the other shows Barkley with Olajuwon and Scottie Pippen.

Olajuwon led the Rockets to 1994 and 1995 titles during Michael Jordan's NBA hiatus. Before the 1996-97 season, they acquired Barkley from the Phoenix Suns to play alongside "The Dream" and Drexler. They lost to the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Finals.

That was the only time Houston advanced past the first round during Barkley's four seasons there. So one would think he could relate to Durant, whose Nets have won one playoff series in three seasons since signing KD and Kyrie Irving.

Following Drexler's retirement, the Rockets added Pippen, fresh off another three-peat with the Chicago Bulls, for the 1998-99 campaign. Although Barkley had two multi-time champions by his side, the Rockets got booted from the first round by his current colleague, Shaquille O'Neal, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Had the Rockets succeeded, Barkley might see Durant's career trajectory from a different perspective. While this debate has got run into the ground ever since LeBron James made "The Decision" 12 years ago, nobody has ever won a championship alone.