Barkley has been on KD since the Brooklyn Nets lost in the first round of the playoffs. Durant was completely shut down in the Boston Celtics‘sweep.
KD’s performance prompted Barkley to make a comment about bus drivers and bus riders. Given how disappointing Durant’s performance was, Barkley insinuated that he joined the Golden State Warriors for the ride to the championships. Durant won the title in 2017 and 2018.
With the Warriors winning their first title since his departure, Barkley reiterated his stance on Durant not being the team leader.
Although KD shared his thoughts via social media, he opted to elaborate. On “The ETCs with KD and Eddie Gonzalez,” he said:
“Bus riders, bus drivers, like, what does that even mean? We play a team game, I thought, at the end of the day. And we all played with great players, but I feel like I can stand out among any player. . I don’t have to minimize myself even for great players.
“So, naah, I never looked at it if I’m riding the bus, ’cause I played a lot of minutes, and I scored a lot of points for that team. Then you say I won’t get respect from the legends . Like, what legends? What group of legends are you talking about? Who? ‘Cause every time I run into a legend, I get nothing but love.
“What are you talking about? Who was the group of guys that I’m supposed to go and have a conversation to ask if I can get respect from? It’s just a bunch of s ** t that you make up. Bus riders, bus drivers. Bro, I played a lot of minutes, I shot a lot of shots, I made a lot of shots, what are you talking about? “
Durant won two titles in the three years he played with the Warriors. He was also the MVP finals in both years.
Kevin Durant’s future with the Brooklyn Nets is tentative
While KD is involved in an exchange with Barkley, there is a chance that fans will be stunned this offseason. Reports say that Durant is monitoring events in Brooklyn before he decides on his future.
KD has already signed a four-year contract extension, until 2026, with the franchise. However, the two-time NBA champ might be looking to demand a trade if things do not turn out the way he wants.
Perhaps the Nets’ reported failure to reach an agreement with Kyrie Irving will play a factor in his decision. If Irving declines his player option and walks, there is a chance KD might be looking to take his services elsewhere.