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Kevin Durant claps back at Charles Barkley’s comments saying ‘he’s not a leader’

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Kevin Durant had a message for Charles Barkley after today’s Phoenix Suns practice following Barkley’s comments during the All-Star Game Sunday when he said Durant was not a leader.

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“I just feel like a lot of people that’s on TV that don’t ever come to the gym, don’t ever come to games, it’s hard for them to speak on what I do,” Durant said. “They not in here. It’s just part of TV. They needed something to fill the segment up. So they talk about some negative s—, but if you’re not in the gym, I don’t respect your opinion if you’re not in the gym with me. That’s just what it is.”

(Video credit to AZ Central’s Duane Rankin)

Barkley said he wanted Durant to be the Suns’ leader, but he couldn’t because “Kevin’s a follower. He’s not a leader. He’s proven that on all of his stops.”

Less than two years ago, Barkley infamously called Durant “a bus rider” rather than a “bus driver.” When talking about all of his stops, Barkley is saying that when Durant was the leader in Oklahoma City, he lost in the NBA Finals. Then, Durant won two championships in Golden State while following the lead of Stephen Curry.

This “bus rider” remark really started the whole narrative around Durant not being a leader.

“When guys like that say that, I just got to chalk it up to them just not being aware of what goes on,” Durant said in the Boardroom Cover Story released yesterday, “instead of like wanting to push a narrative for myself, maybe not narrative, (but) tell the truth for myself, expose the truth for how great of a leader I am, I don’t feel like it’s necessary. I just chalk it up to those guys not being aware of who I am.”

More from Durant’s Boardroom Cover Story here:

Kevin Durant responds to people questioning his leadership

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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