Nets’ Kevin Durant claps back at Charles Barkley, saying he’s ‘insecure sometimes’

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin during won’t let NBA legend Charles Barkley talk about him without words.

Duran, who had his spat with Barkley in the past, applauded on social media when a video of Barkley’s Taylor Rooks podcast made the rounds.

Charles Barkley at the premiere of a four-part HBO documentary "SHAK" at the Illuminarium on November 14, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Charles Barkley attends the premiere of HBO’s four-part documentary “SHAQ” at the Illuminarium on November 14, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“I really like Kevin, I think he’s a great player,” Barkley said in a podcast when asked about his past trades with Durant. “I think he’s actually a nice guy. I think he is insecure at times.

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“Sometimes criticism is justified. He got mad at me because, in my opinion, there is a really big difference between a bus driver and a bus driver.”

Barkley was critical of Durant for joining the Golden State Warriors after their 73 wins in the 2016 season. Durant won two championships with Golden State, but Barkley said Durant needed to win one more ring while still being the top player on the championship team.

Kevin Durant, #7 of the Brooklyn Nets, in action against the Orlando Magic at the Barclays Center on November 28, 2022 in New York City.

Kevin Durant, #7 of the Brooklyn Nets, in action against the Orlando Magic at the Barclays Center on November 28, 2022 in New York City.
(Mike Stoub/Getty Images)

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“He gets mad when old people like me say he needs to win a championship away from the Golden State Warriors to level up,” Barkley continued. “And I know he took offense at that, but it’s not my job to worry about people’s feelings.”

Durant reacted to a clip circulated on Twitter.

Rooks countered with Barkley, calling Durant “unsure of himself”, asking Barkley what evidence he had for such an assessment.

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“The reason I say he’s insecure… Taylor, there are levels to that,” Barkley said. “You don’t have to react to every fool.”

Kevin Durant, #7 of the Brooklyn Nets, in action against the Orlando Magic at the Barclays Center on November 28, 2022 in New York City.

Kevin Durant, #7 of the Brooklyn Nets, in action against the Orlando Magic at the Barclays Center on November 28, 2022 in New York City.
(Mike Stoub/Getty Images)

“Everyone’s opinion doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter,” he continued. “You don’t need disposable phones. You are Kevin Durant. You can say whatever the hell you want. But you don’t have to react to every single thing.

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Durant led Brooklyn at the start of the 2022 NBA season, averaging 29.8 points per game on 55.4% from the field.