Suns F Kevin Durant responds to Charles Barkley’s ‘he’s not a leader’ comment

Charles Barkley had so much to say about Kevin Durant in the course of the All-Star Recreation.

The Corridor of Fame heart was offering commentary in the course of the TruTV different broadcast, and, amongst others, determined he was going to take Durant to job … once more.

On Wednesday, Durant lastly responded to Barkley’s criticism that he is “a follower” and “not a pacesetter.”

Throughout an interview with Boardroom — which Durant owns — and his agent Wealthy Kleinman, the 35 yr supplied his perspective on his standing within the league.

“I do not really feel like I would like folks to name me a pacesetter,” Durant mentioned. “However I additionally don’t desire folks to say I am not one both, as a result of they do not see what goes on behind the scenes of what I discuss or my intentions or relationships that I’ve constructed with my teammates and my assist workers.

“I am not as charismatic as my friends; I haven’t got a character that is match for TV like my friends. You have to promote what you are doing as properly, and I have never bought it sufficient. I do not really feel like I have to, I do not really feel like I want folks to name me a pacesetter, however I additionally do not feel like I would like folks to say I am not one both.”

Durant, who’s averaging 28.2 factors, 6.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists this season for the fifth-place Suns, has been a preferred speaking level for Barkley previously.

Virtually a yr in the past, Barkley was telling CBS how the two-time NBA champion is “very delicate” and “a part of a technology that may’t be criticized.”

However over the weekend, Barkley determined to take it to a different stage.

“No disrespect to Kevin. Kevin’s a follower. He isn’t a pacesetter. He is confirmed that on all his stops,” Barkley mentioned in the course of the recreation. “[Devin] Booker’s a hell of a participant, additionally. I feel he’ll must take the initiative and take this Suns staff to the subsequent stage. … However I mentioned the identical factor with Boston: one in every of your guys has to step ahead, he has to step ahead, and for me, for Phoenix to achieve success, it must be Booker.”

Barkley’s remarks additionally got here to the eye of Suns coach Frank Vogel, who defended Durant and the management he is seen from the 14-time All-Star.

“He positively leads by instance, however he additionally speaks up when he must,” he mentioned. “Not each participant goes to be a rah-rah kind,” Vogel mentioned Wednesday on “Bickley & Marotta.” “Each participant leads in their very own method. You need to lead inside your character. I discovered that as a coach a very long time in the past, that I am unable to are available in and attempt to be Rick Pitino, as a lot as he impressed me to get into teaching. Our personalities are totally different.”

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