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

Charles Barkley doesn’t think New York is the right place for Kevin Durant.

The Hall of Fame player turned analyst was asked Tuesday on a conference call what advice he’d give Durant about potentially signing with the Knicks in free agency this summer. 

“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.”

Barkley’s comments stem from Durant’s reputation for getting into heated exchanges on social media and his alleged use of burner accounts. 

Durant, 30, is expected to decline his player option with the Warriors and become a highly-coveted free agent. The Knicks have been rumored to be a preferable landing spot for the star. However, his manager claimed in May that Durant was “100% undecided” on his next destination .

Durant suffered a calf strain in a second-round contest against the Rockets in this year’s postseason. He missed all of the Western Conference finals against Portland and has already been ruled out of Game 3 of the Warriors’ NBA Finals matchup with the 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.