Kevin Durant ‘part of that generation who think he can’t be criticized,’ Charles Barkley says

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Charles Barclay He’ll tell it like it is, and he said on Sunday that players are more sensitive in the NBA today than they were in the past.

In an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Barkley was asked about his thoughts Kevin Durant. The two have been talking about each other for the past few years. Durant left the Golden State Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets in 2019, requesting a trade from Brooklyn last summer, which was later honored before the league’s trade deadline. Durant was dealt to the Phoenix Suns in February.

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March 5, 2023;  Dallas, Texas, USA;  Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center.

March 5, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports)

Barkley said of Durant, “He’s very sensitive. A great player.” “He’s part of this generation that thinks he can’t be criticized. He never looked in the mirror and said, ‘Man, was that fair criticism?'”

And John Wertheim of CBS asked if Barkley thought the players in the current game were more sensitive to criticism than those Barkley had played with.

“That would be an understatement,” Barkley said.

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March 5, 2023;  Dallas, Texas, USA;  Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center.

March 5, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports)

Barkley and Durant Trade barbs earlier in the month After the former Phoenix Suns star says Durant, the current Suns star, gets angry when he points out that LeBron James and Kobe Bryant went on to earn the respect of the “old chiefs” during their careers Durant hasn’t done so yet.

“He’s absolutely fantastic. But when it comes to mentioning him with some of these other guys, he’s going to have to win a tournament where he’s the captain and he’s the MVP,” Barkley said.

Durant said that Barkley’s criticisms would not change his approach to the game.

Barkley said on “60 Minutes” that he wouldn’t swallow words when analyzing the match and giving his opinion.

March 5, 2023;  Dallas, Texas, USA;  Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center.

March 5, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. (Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports)

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“Oh yeah, because the fan and the fans aren’t stupid. They just saw it. If I told them it was a good match, they’d be like, ‘What the hell is Charles talking about?'” “

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