Shaquille O’Neal was the latest to comment on Kevin Durant‘s predicament, joining Charles Barkley in his disapproval of Durant’s career.
On TNT’s “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” O’Neal offered his two cents on the situation. He agreed with Barkley’s point about Durant not being a “bus-driver” but just a passenger. Shaq said:
Shaquille O’Neal’s comments come after Charles Barkley called Kevin Durant’s career an abject failure. Shaq further went on to add:
R/NBA reacted to O’Neal’s comments.
Durant’s rocky tenure with the Brooklyn Nets has resulted in him being the subject of regular slander throughout the NBA world. Part of it has been his own doing.
Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 3-1 lead against the Golden State Warriors. After the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead of their own in the 2016 NBA Finals, Durant decided to join the Warriors. It was one of the most controversial decisions in NBA history since LeBron James
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant together won back-to-back NBA titles in 2017 and 2018. Durant left the Warriors in 2019, and has only made the Eastern Conference semi-finals since. The Warriors, on the other hand, won their fourth title in eight years in June, with Curry securing his first finals MVP.
While it is hard to comment on what exactly went on inside the Brooklyn Nets camp with accuracy. The poor optics of Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors only for them to win another NBA title a few years later is undeniable.
Durant has been on a team that has had its star-players either disgruntled, out of shape, or simply unwilling to play because of personal choices.
No matter how harsh Shaquille O’Neal’s comments might be, at the end of the day, the Warriors went back to winning ways, while Durant remains a disgruntled player on a malfunctioning team.
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