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Kevin Durant Amidst Critics: "I Got The Support Around Me"

KD has responded to the critiques of Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller for the switch to Golden State.

Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors has been met with rampant criticism, especially from members of the basketballl/ NBA community.

Charles Barkley said on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show that he was disappointed in KD, and that he believes he switched to the Warriors to "cheat" his way to a ring.

"...disappointed with the fact that he weakened another team and he's gonna kind of gravy train on a terrific Warriors team," he said. "Just disappointed from a competitive standpoint." Reggie Miller also stated that he believes Durant, who was a member of the OKC for nine seasons, took an "unnecessary shortcut" by joining the legendary team.

KD is speaking out against Barkley, Miller and other detractors of his decision, and assures fans that the support of them, his family and friends is really all that matters.

“They've got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way, but they don't have a voice, so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone, so it feels like everybody else (thinks that)," he said after a Team USA practice in Las Vegas.

"If Charles Barkley said it, it must be true. If Reggie Miller says it, it must be true. It just feels like it's bigger than what it is. But for the most part, I got the support around me. I've got the family that supports me no matter what, that love me no matter what I do. I could be playing tennis right now, and I could retire from the game of basketball and they're still going to love me. If I think about that, I'll be fine.”

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Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I proudly state my name Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019!

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As Promised. South Africa the biggest pride was not only wearing your name across my heart but having a gown so perfectly designed by @biji_la_maison that represented my heritage on the biggest stage in the Universe. You gave me the strength and I felt and continue to feel the love from you...my beloved! Preliminaries ✅ Who’s ready for finals?🇿🇦👑🇿🇦 Ndiyabulela ngenkxaso yenu kwela qonga izolo. Ndiyayazi beninam 🇿🇦👑🇿🇦 #ProudlySouthAfrican #MissUniverse #MissSouthAfrica #xhosa

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This woman is just exceptional!!! @zozitunzi for @missuniverse 2019 We custom designed and made this Xhosa inspired gown for Zozi for the preliminary round of Miss Universe. The whole gown and outer layer of the cape is white velvet..... the inside of the cape reveals a typically Xhosa style patterning in sequins. We added some diamanté elements to the white to create a more glamorous vibe to this otherwise fairly classic design...... We just live for and love the drama❤️❤️❤️❤️

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