Charles Barkley may have a point
It’s been very obvious this season that both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have had a difficult time dealing with the media due to the swirling speculation of them possibly leaving their respective teams in order to play for the New York Knicks next season.
Jimmy Traina of SI.com spoke with NBA great Charles Barkley and asked him what he would tell Durant if he came to him for advice on whether he should sign with the Knicks.
“You ain’t tough enough to play in New York,” Barkley said he would tell Durant.
“I dont think Durant or Kyrie are tough enough to play in NY. Kyrie’s a very good player. Kevin’s a great, great player. But Im not sure they have the mental make up to play in NY. Those guys are complaining about the media asking questions. Maybe NY isn’t for them.”
As much as Knicks’ fans may not want to hear this, Barkley might be right. New York has the toughest media market and I can’t imagine things will go well if they end up signing with the Knicks and the team struggles the way the Lakers have been with LeBron James this season.
Now there is always a chance that Durant and Kyrie could learn how to deal with the media better this season and take the lessons they’ve learned to help them deal with the New York media if they want to play for the Knicks.
Paul has been a professional writer since 2010 and covered the NFL for several years as a credentialed media member. Some of his work has been linked to companies like FOX Sports, MSN, ESPN, Rolling Stone, Forbes and Deadspin. He’s also appeared on sports talk radio shows from around the United States.