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Charles Barkley rips Draymond Green again ‘worst member of the boy band’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had some more funny comments for Draymond Green.

Barkley was on “Coffee With Cal” with Kentucky coach John Calipari and was asked about his ongoing beef with Green. The TNT analyst has been going back-and-forth with the Golden State Warriors forward for a while as they trade barbs.

In February, Barkley roasted Green for putting up a triple-single in his stats. Green has responded recently by saying he has a bigger impact on the game than Barkley.

That led Barkley to call Green the “worst member of the boy band.”

“He’s the worst member of the boy band who doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake,” Barkley said. “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.”

Barkley is saying that Green has ridden the coattails of his much superior teammates like Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.

Green definitely would not receive the notoriety he has without playing for the loaded Warriors, but he is a good player regardless. Barkley knows that, but he enjoys teasing Green anyway.

H/T CBS Sports

Draymond Green has issue with Kevin Durant letting free agency situation linger

Draymond Green

Kevin Durant’s free agency status left a cloud of uncertainty hovering over the Golden State Warriors all last season, and Draymond Green wishes things didn’t unfold that way.

Green spoke with Maverick Carter and Paul Rivera on “Uninterrupted” for a video published on Monday. During the program, Green talked about the Durant situation.

Green said he wished Durant had just been honest with the team and media about it being his last season with the Warriors rather than leave lingering uncertainty.

Green’s comments came in the context of “The Last Dance”, which aired on ESPN Sunday night. The title of “The Last Dance” documentary is a reference to Phil Jackson’s moniker for the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-1998 season. Jackson knew it would be the last time that dynasty would be together and made sure his players knew that entering the year so they could give it their all and make the most of the season.

Similarly, Green wishes Durant were more transparent about his future plans because he feels that would have eased tension within the locker room. A report last year said Durant and Kyrie Irving had already made plans to team up prior to the season. But Durant’s lack of transparency led to a blowup in the locker room between him and Green, which ultimately helped push Durant out the door.

Durant ended up spending three seasons with the Warriors, winning two championships and suffering a torn Achilles tendon last year in the Finals as his team lost to the Raptors. Though signing short-term deals with options allows players to maintain power over the team, it also creates chemistry issues within the locker room, as Green explained.

Charles Barkley calls Draymond Green ‘the least famous person in the boy band’

Charles Barkley

As long as Draymond Green continues to respond, Charles Barkley is never going to stop messing with the Golden State Warriors star.

Barkley has been critical of Green for quite some time now, and Green responded last week to some of the latest negative commentary Barkley made about him. Green told reporters Barkley should “stop before I take his job” and ridiculed the Hall of Famer for never winning a championship.

“If he keeps talking, I’ll take it soon,” Green said, via ESPNs Nick Friedell. “Sooner than he thinks. Still, he probably should be quiet. He also can’t talk basketball with me, either. Not smart enough, not qualified — no rings can’t sit at this table.”

Barkley let that marinate for a few days, but he finally issued a response on Tuesday. The TNT analyst did not disappoint, telling “The Dan Patrick Show” that he views Green like a member of a boy band who doesn’t understand he isn’t the star of the show.

“I like Draymond. He’s a good player, but you know what he is? He’s like the guy in the boy band who’s the least important member, and he thinks the crowd is cheering for him,” Barkley said. “He doesn’t realize he’s standing next to Justin Timberlake. He’s the least famous person in the boy band and he thinks he’s a star.”

As for the prospect of Green taking Barkley’s job, Chuck said Draymond doesn’t have the face for it.

“First of all, he don’t have a face for TV,” Barkley joked. “He’s got a face for radio, and he’s not gonna get my TV gig.”

On a more serious note, Barkley said he is perfectly content with his own career and would not trade it for Draymond’s — even if it meant winning multiple NBA titles. Very few would argue that Green is anywhere near as good of a player as Barkley was, though plenty of people measure success strictly using championship hardware.

The war of words between Green and Barkley is one of the most entertaining in sports. Barkley said a few years ago that he wished someone would punch Green because Draymond complains to officials so much, and Chuck has roasted Green about his stats multiple times. The two appeared to settle their beef on live TV at one point, but they simply can’t resist taking shots at one another.

Draymond Green signing with shoe brand Converse

Draymond Green

Converse is looking to make a comeback in the basketball world, and they are doing so by signing Draymond Green.

Green is joining Converse and will be moving brands from Nike, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This will make Green Converse’s highest-profile athlete since Dwyane Wade.

Converse became a subsidiary of Nike in 2003, but only recently started trying to get back into the basketball shoe market with athlete endorsements. Green will join Kelly Oubre Jr. as two NBA players with the brand.

Numerous shoe brands are making a move in the basketball world. In addition to Converse, Puma and New Balance have made some high-profile signings in an attempt to crack the market.

Video: Charles Barkley roasts Draymond Green for ‘triple-single’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley roasted Draymond Green with a great line on Thursday night.

Green was ejected during the second quarter of his Golden State Warriors’ home game against the Los Angeles Lakers after picking up his second technical foul of the contest.

Barkley roasted Green at halftime of the game on TNT, mocking him for getting another “triple-single.”

True enough, Green had just 2 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists — a triple-single. Green is averaging 8.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season, which, yes, is a triple-single. Unlike the alluring triple-double where a player records double-figures in the three stat categories (points, rebounds, assists), the triple-single only requires one figure in each category, and is achieved by pretty much every player in the league.

Barkley and Green have had beef for a few years, going back to when Barkley wanted someone to punch Green for whining so much about the officials. Chuck actually used the “triple-single” line on Draymond last month too.

Draymond Green thinks Andrew Wiggins can make All-Defensive team next season

Draymond Green

Andrew Wiggins is getting gassed up by one of his new teammates who knows a thing or two about the defensive end of the floor.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green said that he thinks Wiggins can make an All-Defensive team next year.

Green, a former Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-Defensive team selection, knows the potential that the 24-year-old Wiggins has as a defender. Wiggins is 6-foot-7 with a seven-foot wingspan, near-elite athleticism, and good instincts but has often been criticized for a lack of effort on that end.

The ex-No. 1 overall pick has already praised the Warriors’ culture, and this could be the situation that finally inspires him to realize his defensive ceiling.

Kevin Durant admits he started ‘isolating’ himself after Draymond Green feud

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant has admitted that his highly publicized feud with Draymond Green was a factor in his decision to leave the Golden State Warriors in free agency, and the injured Brooklyn Nets star opened up about that situation more this week.

Durant was a guest on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, and he spoke a lot about his time in Golden State and why it came to an end. Durant admitted that he was taken aback by Green’s reaction after K.D. expressed frustration with Green for not passing him the ball near the end of an eventual overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

Beware that the clip contains some inappropriate language.

“Then he started coming off the top with all of that stuff and I’m just thinking, Draymond is actually my friend,” Durant said. “He’s somebody I can call when I’m going through anything like, ‘Yo, come through. Let’s hang out tonight.’ For him to say that s— to me just kind of threw me for a loop. I started isolating myself after that.”

Durant was referring to Green telling him the Warriors don’t need him and won before K.D. arrived in Golden State. Durant said he took that personally since he considered Green a friend, and the Warriors chose to sweep it under the rug rather than hash things out and move forward.

“Me and him sat down and talked about it,” Durant said. “I gave him my piece and he told me how he felt about it, but it happened in front of the whole team. Everybody saw it.”

Ironically, Green is the same guy who called K.D. to deliver the opposite message after Golden State lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. Green played a huge role in recruiting Durant to the Warriors, which is why Durant felt so betrayed when Green treated him like an outsider.

Of course, Durant also has notoriously thin skin. He’s been known to defend himself on social media and even admitted to creating a burner account to do so, so it’s no surprise he took Green’s remarks so personally.

Charles Barkley takes shot at Draymond Green for averaging ‘triple-single’

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley said in the past that the only negative comments he has ever made about Draymond Green have to do with the Golden State Warriors star’s attitude, but Barkley can no longer safely claim that.

Like the Warriors as a whole, Green is having a down season this year without Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson by his side. Many thought his stats would receive a significant boost with Durant gone and Curry and Thompson recovering from injuries, but that has not happened. Barkley took a shot at Green over his numbers during the TNT broadcast on Thursday night when he said, “Draymond don’t talk as much now that he’s averaging a triple-single.”

Shaq loved the joke and asked Barkley to repeat it, and of course Chuck obliged.

Barkley and Green have had a long-running feud that came to a head when Barkley said he wants somebody to punch Draymond in the face because of the way Green complains about foul calls. The two later had a pleasant interaction on live TV during the NBA playoffs, with Barkley saying he has never made any negative remarks about Green’s game. With Green averaging 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game for the 9-33 Warriors, Barkley couldn’t resist kicking the big man while he’s down.

Steve Kerr says Draymond Green looks ‘tired’

Draymond Green

Draymond Green is the last man standing of the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty, and head coach Steve Kerr can see the toll that it is taking on him.

Addressing the media this weekend after a loss to the Detroit Pistons, Kerr commented on the former Defensive Player of the Year’s energy level.

“I think the last couple of games, he’s looked tired,” said Kerr, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “You have to remember that he’s the lone holdover from the team that’s been to the Finals five years in a row. He looks tired to me.

“I think he’s kind of worn out, emotionally and physically,” Kerr added.

Green, who is one of the most energetic and emotional players in the league, was ejected in the third quarter against Detroit for mocking an official and walked straight to the locker room unceremoniously. He is listed as out for Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained right ankle.

The Warriors’ deep postseason runs of the last half-decade have indeed put significant tread on Green’s tires — he appeared in 100, 104, 93, 91, and 88 games over the past five years, including playoff action. The three-time All-Star has also tacked on another 27 games this season.

While Green insists that he has not yet hit his peak, he will turn 30 in March, and the wear-and-tear is slowly becoming apparent.

Draymond Green hilariously jokes about Warriors’ two-game winning streak

Draymond Green

The Golden State Warriors have been doing a lot more losing this season than Draymond Green is accustomed to, so he is taking his wins wherever he can.

After the Warriors downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-104 on Monday night to win consecutive games for the first time all year, the former Defensive Player of the Year joked about their “streak.”

“It feels f—ing amazing,” said Green, per Nick Friedell of ESPN. “I never thought I would be so excited for two regular-season wins in my life.”

After making the NBA Finals in each of the last five seasons, it is a new era in Golden State with Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant gone and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson injured. Green has been the last man standing of sorts, and the Warriors are a Western Conference-worst 7-24, even despite the winning streak.

The three-time champion was talking a lot of smack, even as recently as last summer, so now he knows what it is like to have the shoe on the other foot.