Charles Barkley's recent comments about Kevin Durant went viral after the TNT NBA analyst called the Nets' star a ‘bus rider' when referring to his championships with the Warriors. On Monday, Barkley took some time to clarify what he meant with his comments and ensure fans realized he wasn't trying to knock Durant, whom he thinks quite highly of.
“Kevin Durant is a great, great player. When I talked about bus riders last night, I think people are trying to say I was saying he was a freeloader on the bus. He was a very important part of them winning those two championships, said Barkley. “But the point I was making was, when you are the guy on the a team, your responsibilities change. You're not allowed to have bad games. That's just the responsibility that goes with being a great player. And like I said, he's got his own bus now, which is the point I was trying to make. I ain't never gonna bad mouth Kevin, I think he's a great player and a great kid… Now he's the leader. He's the clear-cut bus driver.”
Barkley did his best to clear the air after his recent comments were taken in a negative light by most fans. While many ran with his words as a sign of disrespect towards Durant, Barkley took the time on Monday to offer further explanation for his remarks.
His comments come on the heels of the Nets' 3-0 deficit in their first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. Durant is playing some of the worst basketball we've seen from him all season, failing to will the Nets to even a single win through the first three games of the series, prompting Barkley's comments about Durant “riding the bus.” During the series, Durant is averaging just 22 points per game, shooting just 38.5% from the field.
The Nets will certainly hope Durant can bounce back on Monday night and silence any doubters, including Barkley, regarding his recent play. While Barkley attempted to clear the air, you can guarantee Durant won't forget his comments any time soon.