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Charles Barkley is 'disappointed' in Kevin Durant for opting to sign with the Golden State Warriors

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Kevin Durant shocked the world when in an open letter on The Players Tribune, he confirmed that he intended to swap the Oklahoma City Thunder - the only franchise he has ever represented - for the Golden State Warriors.

Imagine that: a team that has just won a record 73 regular season matchups, and came within one game of retaining the NBA title, add Kevin Durant.

The 2014 MVP is widely expected to officially sign with Golden State now that the moratorium period is over, and assuming that he does, there's more than a few disappointed onlookers.

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One of those is TNT analyst and NBA legend, Charles Barkley.

The former Houston Rockets forward always has plenty to say and he has likened KD's impending move to when LeBron James departed Cleveland back in 2010.

"I was disappointed. I was disappointed like I was disappointed when LeBron went to Miami," Barkley said on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike on Wednesday. "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."

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Seven

Whether it hinders Durant's legacy or not, if the 27-year-old wanted to go and join a team that had the best chance at winning a title and he did just that.

It's been reported he will only sign a two-year-deal with the Dubs that features a player option in the second year.

Barkley thinks that Durant is playing in an era where titles define a player, but having never won a ring himself, he doesn't necessarily believe that is the measure of a player.

"We develop this thing where you keep telling these guys, 'Hey man, if you don't win a championship you're a bum.' I don't feel like a bum," he said. "I'm pretty sure Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and John Stockton - we think we're pretty damn good.

Charles Barkley(L) of the Houston Rockets rejoices

"We could have played with some of those other guys and kind of cheated our way to a championship. But there is this thing that started with this new generation where these guys feel so much pressure. Everybody wants to win."

One would assume, a team with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant would dominate if they can gel. Barkley believes as fulfilling as it might be to Durantula to win the big one, it would be hollow when put into context.

"I'm a big Chris Paul fan. I'm sure Chris Paul wants to win a championship. And he could, when his contract is up, go join one of these super teams and get a championship. But it won't be the same as leading your team where you're the bus driver instead of the bus rider."

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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