‘He Doesn’t Need Security Shaquille’: Kevin Durant Claps Back at Shaquille O’Neal as 7 Ft Legend Openly Defends Charles Barkley’s Comments

Published 06/22/2022, 5:30 PM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MAY 27: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder greets NBA Legend, Shaquille O’Neal, before in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,Oklahoma. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kevin Durant has attacked Charles Barkley again on Twitter. The two-time champion hasn’t forgotten Chuck’s words on “Inside the NBA” yet. With Golden State winning the title again, Durant’s departure will be a hot topic of discussion. It was already said by many that Durant didn’t do much to enhance those Golden State teams, but now, this accusation has exploded on his face.

The Brooklyn Nets getting swept in the first round of the playoffs did not help his case at all. Barkley has repeatedly stated that Durant has to win a ring by being the “Bus driver” of a team. Only then he could garner respect from the “old heads” of the game.


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Durant took notice of the clip where Pelicans guard CJ McCollum was seen defending him. He wrote, “All this s**t is nasty, another terrible analogy from a hatin old head that can’t accept that we making more bread than them. It’s just timing Chucky, don’t hate the playa”. Durant, now, has been told to stop by legend Shaquille O’Neal after seeing KD’s response to Barkley. Shaq is also an analyst in the “Inside the NBA” show.


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So Durant has now clapped back at Shaq too. “He’s a grown-up,” wrote Durant, “He Doesn’t Need Security Shaquille.” This has led to arguments among fans on social media. Durant has not yet repented his words but has doubled down.

How did Kevin Durant start his argument with Chuck?

It all started when Barkley called Kevin Durant a “bus rider”, not a “bus driver”. Chuck said that when championships are used to measure the greatness of a player, it should only count when the player has led his team to that championship.


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Those statements didn’t sit well with Durant. He began posting stories about Barkley’s time with Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, and the Houston Rockets in 1999.


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He then posted a 1999 photo of Chuck alongside Hakeem and Clyde Drexler. Afterward, he shared another photo with the caption “Where would chuck be without the big homies,” showing Chuck playing for the Sixers alongside Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Maurice Cheeks. Barkley has previously stated that he ought to have left the Rockets and shouldn’t have played for them.


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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.