Kevin Durant doesn't have 'the mental makeup' to play for Knicks, says Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley questioned whether Kevin Durant would be able to deal with the pressure if he joined the New York Knicks.

Kevin Durant is expected to decline his player option with Golden State Warriors and become a free agent.   -  Getty Images

Charles Barkley does not think New York is the right place for Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.

The Hall of Fame player-turned-analyst was asked on Tuesday on a conference call what advice he would give Durant about potentially signing with the Knicks in free agency this offseason. "Well I'd say, 'Kevin you're one of the greatest players I've ever seen. You've also got some of the thinnest skin I've ever seen. I don't know if you're made for New York City," Barkley said , via SNY. "I think that would be the toughest aspect.

"If he's arguing with these teenagers online, he's not going to be able to deal with that New York media. He's a great person, he's a great player. I don't think he has the mental makeup to play in New York, that's just my personal opinion."

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Barkley's comments stem from Durant's reputation for getting into heated exchanges on social media.

Durant, 30, is expected to decline his player option with the Warriors and become a highly coveted free agent. The Knicks have been rumoured to be a preferable landing spot for the star. However, his manager claimed in May that Durant was undecided on his next destination.

Durant suffered a calf strain in a second-round contest against the Houston Rockets in this year's postseason. He missed all of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers and has already been ruled out of Game 3 of the Warriors' NBA Finals matchup with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

He is averaging a career-high 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 11 playoff appearances so far in 2019. Golden State and Toronto are tied at 1-1 entering Game 3.