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Charles Barkley On Why Players Decide To Leave Their Franchises To Win Rings: “There's A Reason Why LeBron Left Cleveland, You Know He Can’t Win… Same Thing With Kevin Durant, He Couldn’t Get Over The Hump He Like, ‘No, I Gotta Go Win.’”

Charles Barkley On Why Players Decide To Leave Their Franchises To Win Rings: “There's A Reason Why LeBron Left Cleveland, You Know He Can’t Win… Same Thing With Kevin Durant, He Couldn’t Get Over The Hump He Like, ‘No, I Gotta Go Win.’”

Ring culture has been around for a while in the NBA, but in recent years, fans have given more importance to the championships, trying to bring down certain players when discussing who is better than who. 

We have seen this whenever the GOAT debate comes up, and it doesn't look like it's changing anytime soon. Moreover, when people try to rank one player over another, championships matter a lot. Charles Barkley is one of the best players that never won an NBA title, a fact often used against him by fellow players and fans. 

Chuck understands the pressure of winning in the NBA or people will bash you for being a loser regardless of all the great things you did on the court. The Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns legend has shaded superteams, or at least of the superteams Kevin Durant has created

However, he knows that many factors could push a player to leave their current squad and try their luck with a different one. During a recent appearance on The Ryen Russillo Podcast, Chuck discussed a variety of topics, including the Chris Paul slander. 

Moreover, he talked about the pressure of winning in the NBA, which leads superstars to find new teams even if their decision piss off a lot of people:

“There's a reason why LeBron left Cleveland, you know he can’t win… Same thing with Kevin Durant, he couldn’t get over the hump he like, ‘No, I gotta go win.’”

In case you don't know, LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers after 7 years and formed a Big 3 in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That decision earned him a lot of criticism, and the fact that he created another superteam in Cleveland and Los Angeles hasn't helped him that much. 

Kevin Durant has had a similar career, trying to win with his original team before he went to the Bay and joined the Golden State Warriors. He also created a superteam there before doing the same in Brooklyn with Kyrie Irving, then James Harden, and more recently Ben Simmons. 

The ring culture is strong in the current league, and many players are often measured by the rings they won more than anything. Giannis Antetokounmpo proved that you can win without leaving your team, taking the Milwaukee Bucks to the promised land last season. Things are different now in the league, but everybody is willing to do anything to lift that Larry O'Brien trophy.