The Western Conference semifinal sequence that options the Golden State Warriors someway devolved right into a contretemps between one of many Warriors gamers and a TV analyst.
Given that the characters concerned are Draymond Green and Charles Barkley, maybe it’s no shock that it was go time because the Warriors had been taking a 2-Zero lead within the sequence in opposition to New Orleans as a result of the Hall of Famer and the Golden State participant have a good bit of historical past.
In the newest installment, Sir Charles kicked issues off by expressing his need for a punchfest, saying, because the TNT halftime present started: “I just want somebody to punch him in the face.”
Ernie Johnson tried gamely to segue, however Barkley continued, “I really do. I want someone to punch him in the face.”
Kenny Smith poked the bear with a rhetorical flourish: “You don’t like Draymond?” And Barkley repeated his theme. “I want to punch him in the face so bad.” When Smith inquired why once more, Barkley added: “I’m just telling you, I want to punch his a — in the face. I do.”
Shaquille O’Neal put an finish to the matter with a fast, “When Chuck get [sic] like that, just leave him alone.”
Green wasn’t about to go away it alone, although, after his 20-point, nine-rebound, 12-assist efficiency.
“He’s seen me a million times,” Green mentioned. “If he feels that strongly about it, then punch me in my face while you see me. If you’re not going to punch me in my face while you see me, then shut up. It’s no totally different than somebody sitting behind a pc display screen, tweeting, ‘I’ll knock you out’ and also you by no means see them in life.
“He’s seen me a bunch of occasions and he’ll see me once more this yr [when TNT broadcasts the Western Conference finals]. Punch me within the face while you see me or, if not, nobody cares what you’ll have accomplished. You outdated [sic] and it’s what it’s. So, should you ain’t going to punch me while you see me, then cease speaking about it. Period.”
Because of his penchant for delivering groin kicks and trash speak in ample measures, Green has drawn comparisons to Barkley, one thing he profanely dismissed a yr in the past.
“Hell no,” Green said, when asked by ESPN’s Chris Haynes if he’s Barkley 2.Zero. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. F— no.”
And Barkley, who famously mentioned throughout his enjoying days that he was no position mannequin, wasn’t one for Green.
“[Chuck] told y’all in ’90-what that he wasn’t your kid’s role model anyway … so there you have it,” Green mentioned. “He wasn’t my role model. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. … That’s what you do, you talk. You talk junk during basketball. That’s how I was raised. I was raised in a family like that, so I didn’t need a Charles Barkley to influence me.”
In that advert, Barkley mentioned he was “paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models.”
Added Green: “I wasn’t a Charles Barkley fan growing up. No disrespect to Chuck. He’s a great player, but as I got older, I watched his game because I knew he was undersized and the things that he could do, I tried to add some of that stuff to my game. But nah, he didn’t influence me at all.”
Green, although, admitted that he strives to be a job mannequin though, like Chuck, he doesn’t need to be.
“I try to be,” he instructed ESPN. “But it’s not my decision on whether I’m somebody’s role model or not, but I try to be the model citizen.”
His mother, Mary, was an enormous affect and she or he was fast to bounce in Tuesday evening.
In a February 2017 “Dray Day” podcast, Green ripped Barkley for criticizing LeBron James, telling Marcus Thompson II: “I’m all for destroying Barkley. You know, Barkley talk [sic] a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship. … I think Shaq should talk about the champions. Kenny should talk about the champions. Ernie can talk about the champions. When it comes time to speak about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted. You know how on … [ESPN’s] ‘Around the Horn’ where they just ice somebody out on the screen? They should be able to do that with Barkley any time the name of a champion come up.”
On Tuesday evening, Green raised a special level about the entire menace. “I think it’s pretty sad. It’s probably something that needs to … when you look at the president of TNT, David Levy, which [sic] I know well, it’s kind of embarrassing on their behalf. … I’m an employee of the NBA, he’s an employee of TNT … and you have your biggest sponsor, one of the faces of that company, saying that on national television,” he mentioned (by way of the Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “That’s embarrassing for them, so that’s something — a problem that they have.”
Green added that he wasn’t upset “by a guy who just talks. It is what it is, but it’s still embarrassing on their behalf.”
Back to you, Charles.
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