Kevin Durant has two NBA championships. The superstar forward won back-to-back titles during his time with the Golden State Warriors.
According to Turner Sports analyst Charles Barkley, though, Durant should not be bragging about those championships.
Barkley, arguably the most-outspoken analyst in the NBA, believes that Durant was merely a “bus rider” during those championship wins.
The former NBA star told The Dan Patrick Show that Durant remains a “bus rider” until he wins a championship with the Brooklyn Nets.
Charles Barkley believes 2017 and 2018 Warriors were Steph Curry's team, and challenges Kevin Durant to prove himself on the Brooklyn Nets. pic.twitter.com/Ok9CrqTuY7
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Durant, unsurprisingly, does not agree with that sentiment. He believes he earned those championships in Golden State.
“No. What does that even mean?” Durant told JJ Redick in response to a question about taking the easy way out. “I just never understood what that means. Cause I still come to work every day. I go through every rep at 100 percent speed. I just don’t understand that. I played at an elite level in the Finals at all the biggest moments. And I can understand if I didn’t play well at all, but I played the best that I could in both Finals for that team. I felt like I got up every day and held myself to a championship, elite player standard and I reached it pretty much 95 percent of the time. Well, 98 percent of the time in practice and games and shootarounds. So, yeah, of course I earned that.”
It’s unfair to call Durant a “bus rider” for those championship wins, as he was Golden State’s best player. However, there are many within the NBA community that will feel differently about a Durant championship in Brooklyn. A championship with the Nets will be seen as much more significant than the ones in Golden State, similar to how LeBron’s title in Cleveland is viewed.