Barkley: KD, Kyrie ‘not tough enough’ to play in New York

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant "aren't tough enough" to play in New York, according to Charles Barkley.

There’s been more than a bit of smoke in regard to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, currently playing for the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics, respectively, signing with the New York Knicks as free agents this summer.

However, one of the most-heard opinions across the NBA landscape is that of Charles Barkley.

The Hall of Famer, speaking to Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated, doesn’t believe Durant and Irving — regarded as two of the most sensitive players in the league — does not believe they are cut out for The Big Apple.

“You ain’t tough enough to play in New York,” Barkley said. ”I don’t think him or Kyrie are tough enough to play in New York.”

Barkley made it a point to not take anything away from Durant and Irving in terms of their talents. It all comes down to their makeups, he said.

“Kyrie’s a very good player, Kevin’s a great, great player,” Barkley said. “But I’m not sure they have the mental makeup to play in New York. There’s a lot that comes with playing in New York.

“And those guys are complaining about media asking questions and things like that, maybe New York isn’t for them. New York is a different animal. There are certain places everybody can’t play.”