Kevin Durant throws shade after Charles Barkley calls him ‘bus rider’ in Warriors title teams

The morning after his Nets were swept from the Nets by the Celtics, Kevin Durant took to Instagram to throw shade at Charles Barkley.

It may have come as a surprise to some to see Durant fire the TNT analyst just after his team was eliminated from the post-season, but the Brooklyn superstar is one of the most connected athletes we’ve ever had. seen.

Durant is often criticized for playing on a super-team trio of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Then this season, the Nets were the preseason title favorites as KD was part of a superteam trio alongside Kyrie Irving and James Harden.

However, the 2014 NBA MVP wanted to set the record straight: he didn’t start the trend of big players joining big players. Barkley has even played alongside Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon.

He also added photos from the Barkley Sixers days.

Durant was presumably responding to something Barkley said on air earlier this week. Barkley was asked about Durant’s greatness, and he was quick to downplay the two-time NBA champion’s accomplishments.

Barkley called Durant a “bus driver” and that unless you “drive” the bus, winning a championship means nothing.

Those are much easier words to say from someone who has never won a title, as four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal was quick to add that Durant had won two titles in a row.

Barkley also recently said Durant wasn’t the Warriors’ best player, even comparing his NBA Finals MVP honors to when Andre Iguodala received the same nods.

So it makes sense that Durant took issue with Barkley’s comments.

Durant’s response was particularly interesting because Barkley’s 1998-99 Rockets were also eliminated in the first round of the playoffs (ironically, by Shaq’s Lakers).

The Barkley Rockets weren’t exactly at their peak. This season marked Barkley’s penultimate in the league, and he was 35. According to advanced metric win shares, it was also the second-worst season of his career.

Olajuwon was 36 and Pippen was 33. So, unfortunately for KD, it wasn’t exactly a one-to-one analogy.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kevin Durant and Charles Barkley trade insults after Celtics sweep Nets

Earnest L. Veasey