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Charles Barkley criticizes Kyrie Irving

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Barkley doesn’t understand why Irving would want to stop playing with LeBron.

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In news that should be shocking to nobody, Charles Barkley had things to say about the Kyrie Irving situation. Barkley is notoriously outspoken and often contradictory with his criticisms, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

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Barkley claimed to not understand Irving’s thinking and said that if he had the chance to play with other great players he would have taken it. As the ultimate objective in the NBA is to win games.

With these comments coming from Barkley, it wasn’t too hard to search and find contradictory comments from the last year. Last July Barkley criticized Kevin Durant for joining the Golden State Warriors and brought up how he didn’t support LeBron James’ decision to leave for Miami.

Barkley went even further in that interview saying:

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.

There are a ton of fair criticisms for Irving at the moment. He is ultimately making a selfish decision to find out how good he can be as the driving force for a team. His video with Steph Curry was dumb and a bad look that undoubtedly added fuel to the fire. But when it comes to these old talking heads, they need to figure out exactly what it is they want from players.