BLOG: Charles Barkley's criticism of Kevin Durant for joining the Warriors is a bit hypocritical

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 20:22:26-04

For a guy who demanded to be traded twice in his 16-year career, it's a little strange that Charles Barkley is calling out Kevin Durant for wanting to play with Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

"I was disappointed like I was disappointed when LeBron went to Miami," Barkley said on ESPN radio. "Kevin is a terrific player, he's a good kid. But just disappointed with the fact that he weakened another team and he's gonna kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team.

"Just disappointed from a competitive standpoint. Because just like it meant more to LeBron to win one in Cleveland, it would mean more to Kevin to win one in Oklahoma than it would be in Golden State."

Barkley went on to say that he didn't "cheat" his way to a championship!

But let's go back a couple of decades. Barkley demanded to be traded twice in his career -- once from the 76ers to the Suns, and then, when he fell short in Phoenix, he asked to be traded to the Rockets.

In fact, a month before he was dealt to Houston, Charles said he'd love to play with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler because "They'd be very formidable."

Look, I understand his point about KD. Charles thinks the move is creating a huge disparity -- and makes the league less enjoyable to watch.

But if he did it, why can't Kevin Durant? What's good for the goose should be good for the gander, shouldn't it?