The NBA may have suspended its season on March 11, but that isn’t keeping Charles Barkley from continuing to play games. The Hall of Fame forward has launched yet another salvo at Draymond Green in a fight with more jabs than Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Charles Barkley uses a hilarious boy-band analogy
University of Kentucky coach John Calipari knows plenty about coaching winning basketball teams. He also knows how to be successful with his Facebook talk show, Coffee With Cal. All it takes to attract national attention is to bring Charles Barkley on as a guest.
Barkley, a popular NBA analyst on TNT, did not disappoint on Monday as he sounded off on Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the continuation of their long-running feud.
Barkley regards Green as an under-achiever who should be turning over a large portion of his paycheck to teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. With Thompson out all season and Curry unavailable for most of it, the Warriors expected to be able to turn to Green for leadership on the court.
What Golden State was getting from the 6-foot-6 forward before the season was suspended was this: 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. That’s not much production for a man being paid $18.5 million for the season and helps explain Golden State’s league-worst 15-50 record.
Commenting on that was the equivalent of an uncontested layup for Barkley, especially after six weeks of free time to polish his material:
“He’s the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake. When the girls are throwing panties at his head, he’s going to get hit by some drive-by panties, but they’re really throwing panties at Justin Timberlake.”
To be fair, Green is an above-average defender and has played through injuries this season on a team that isn’t very deep. But no one ever accused Barkley of fighting fair in his back-and-forth with Green.
How did the sniping between Charles Barkley and Draymond Green begin?
Charles Barkley rightly received criticism in 2018 for saying he wanted to punch Draymond Green in the face. Green escalated by daring Barkley to take a swing at him, but they were subsequently put on the air together and seemed to resolve their issues.
That truce lasted until early this season when Barkley asserted that Green could only be counted on for “his normal triple-single,” a play on the triple-double statistic pertaining to points, rebounds, and assists in games.
Green retorted by reminding basketball fans that Barkley had never won an NBA championship ring. Later, Green bragged that he would take Barkley’s broadcasting job one day.
Draymond Green upped the stakes last week
Draymond Green appeared on a podcast last week and attributed Charles Barkley’s frequent criticism to envy.
“It’s jealousy that somebody the same size as him — or smaller — could come in the league and have the success I’ve had, make the money I’ve made, win the championships I’ve won,” Green said. “These are all things that Charles Barkley wasn’t able to do.”
Green may be on point regarding NBA championships won and money earned, but there’s much more to accurately defining success. Barkley was a league MVP and an 11-time All-Star. He averaged 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds over 16 seasons.
Barkley got the last word in:
“Draymond’s a good little player, but without Kevin Durant, Klay and Steph, he’s just a good little player.”