Kevin Durant's move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors has drawn criticism from a number of angles. Most notably from former players.
Some have expressed their disappointment at his decision to create a superteam while others have called him weak for joining that franchise that defeated his Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals this year.
The two most notable and open critics of his move have been Charles Barkley - a man who never won a championship ring - and Reggie Miller - a guy who lost three Conference Finals and a Finals series.
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As television broadcasters, their opinions hold some weight in the NBA and Durant believes the two legends are free to say what they want about him.
“I respect the hell out of them two, they can say whatever they want to about me,” Durant said. “I went to do something that I wanted to do. They had their careers, they did what they wanted to do.
"I respect the hell out of Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley, they were hell of players, they’re two guys I look up to, so I can’t control how they think or how they feel. Or anyone else for that matter. I’m excited about the future….
“Those guys have a big voice in our game, they have a megaphone. If Charles Barkley says it it must be true. If Reggie Miller says it it must be true. They have such a big platform and people respect them, so it seems bigger than it is. I got support, I got my family around me, they love me, they support me no matter what I do.
"I could be playing tennis right now and retire from the game of basketball and they would love me. I think about that.”