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Charles Barkley says Kevin Durant shouldn’t speak negatively about OKC

Longtime TNT studio analyst and color commentator Charles Barkley offered advice to new Golden State Warriors signing Kevin Durant and was quite direct about it.

Barkley’s reaction stems from a response Durant had on Oct. 10 when he spoke at Stanford University.

“You hear ‘family’ a lot,” Durant said. “That’s just a word sometimes, but this is really a lifestyle here (Golden State). You can feel it when you walk in the door, in the practice facility, everybody is just together. That’s something that I can appreciate as a basketball player and someone who values relationships.”

“You can tell that that’s what they stand on, that’s what we stand on. I feel really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form. They make it about the players, they make it about the environment, so it was really an easy choice.”

The quote was relayed back to his ex-running mate Russell Westbrook through ESPN’s Royce Young and the circus ensued.

“That’s cute, man. That’s cute,” said Westbrook. “My job is to be able to worry about what’s going on here. We’re gonna worry about all the selfish guys we got over here apparently. So we gonna figure that out.”

“I don’t care,” Westbrook later added. “To me, it doesn’t matter. My job is to worry about here. Honestly, I’m really tired of talking about it. So anytime anybody asks me another question, I’m just not gonna answer. Just FYI. I’m not talking about it no more.”

While Westbrook did the right thing by not enticing the media anymore, he left them enough of a bread crumb for them to run with his sarcastic response.

Barkley, who’s known as one of the media’s most outspoken figures gave his two cents on the issue and took a chance to take yet another dig at Durant.

The 6-foot-9 forward is receiving the LeBron James treatment this offseason, the same way James did when he first left Cleveland to form a super team — as the corporate media has decided to run with the villain tag and scrutinize every word that comes out of his mouth.

Durant did what every other free agent joining another team has done, they try to take in the community and speak well about their current team in order to build a fanbase. It’s image marketing 101.

The comment could have also been taken as a dig to all other 29 teams in the league, since he chose not to sign with any of them — but it was instead pointed at Oklahoma City, despite him not remotely mentioning the city or the team at all.

However, only time will tell if Barkley is forced to wear another Golden State jersey by year’s end.

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