Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant offer different takes on Charles Barkley's comments


It's been two days since Charles Barkley said he wanted to punch Draymond Green in the face. It's been a day since Barkley offered a few half-hearted apologies on the radio and TV.

On Thursday, after practice, the media in New Orleans asked head coach Steve Kerr and forward Kevin Durant to react to Barkley's original comments and the subsequent apology.

Kerr took a laughing tone on the whole matter.

"I didn't take it very seriously. That's just Charles. Charles is so good at his job. I know he apologized, but I didn't think it was a big deal. That's the reason that show is so great because of the humor. They are going to say things other people won't say. But you can't take them seriously. I didn't take him seriously. I saw that he came out and apologized. I don't think Draymond was too offended ultimately, but it's just part of it," Kerr told reporters.

Durant had a much different take.

"He said what he said. He felt that way. Barkley ain't punching nobody, like Draymond said. I don't think he would have done that back in the day either. I don't know why he so angry all the time at the new generation of basketball," Durant said.

A reporter followed up by asking if Durant thought Barkley was serious in his desire to punch Draymond.

"I thought he was serious. I don't know why, but I thought he was serious. That's in the past. Like Draymond said, he's not going to touch nobody. We rarely see Charles Barkley anyway. He's going to stay in the studio and look at games on TV, and we gonna go out here and play the game we love. He had his time already. I'm sure if he wanted to punch guys back in his day, he had plenty of chances to punch and he didn't," Durant said.

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