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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The Golden State Warriors are struggling and decimated by injuries, so they’re trying something different Sunday night.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Warriors will start Draymond Green at the point guard position against the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a bigger lineup.
Positionless basketball is increasingly prevalent these days, so Green will probably wind up playing different roles. If the implication is that he will wind up being the team’s primary ballhandler, it’s an interesting wrinkle for a team desperately trying to find something that works. Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell, who would typically handle such duties, are both injured for at least a few weeks, at least in Russell’s case.
Green insists he has more room to grow as an NBA player. Becoming a competent lead ballhandler would certainly prove him right.
Draymond Green is 29 and in his eighth season in the NBA, and he says he still has room to grow and improve. In fact, Green believes he still has not hit his peak as a basketball player.
Green spoke with ESPN’s Sam Alipour for an article that talked about Green’s business interests owning some fitness gyms in Michigan and the Midwest. In the article, Green said he gave up shots to accommodate the Golden State Warriors’ acquisition of Kevin Durant. While that cost him a role on the team as a scorer, it helped the team win championships, so he says the trade was worth it. But without Durant around, Green has been working on his game and says he is still ascending as a player.
“I’m definitely not at my peak. I have so much room to grow, new heights that I can reach — like becoming a 40% 3-point shooter. That’d be amazing, right? My shooting dropped off the last couple of seasons, but it’s tough when you’re taking only two or three 3s a game. My percentages were a lot higher when I took more,” Green says.
The numbers actually are inconsistent with Green’s claim about his percentages being higher when he takes more threes. In his best season, 2015-2016, Green made 38.8 percent of his threes on 3.2 attempts per game. For his career, he’s made 32.2 percent on threes. And he’s only making 28.6 percent of them this season.
We love Green’s desire to improve and the confidence he expresses in himself, but we doubt his ability to reach this particular goal year-in and year-out.
Congratulations are in order for Draymond Green, who earned a very worthy distinction on Monday night.
Green became the first player ever ejected from Chase Center when he was tossed from the Golden State Warriors-Utah Jazz game in the fourth quarter. Green was upset with being called for a reach-in foul and received two technicals, which triggered the automatic ejection.
Green was playing his first contest since missing five games due to a finger sprain. He had four points, seven rebounds, and four assists in 22 minutes before being ejected.
The Warriors’ woes continue. They’re now 2-9 following the loss and are 1-5 at their new home in San Francisco. The team has been playing without Steph Curry, who said before the game that he expects to return from a broken hand in the spring.
The relationship between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green never seemed the same following their altercation early last season, and many believe that was a factor in Durant’s decision to leave the Golden State Warriors and sign with the Brooklyn Nets. Now, we can say with certainty that it played a role.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday, Durant admitted the incident with Green helped push him out the door.
“A little bit, yeah, for sure,” Durant said. “If your teammate talks to you that way, you think about it a bit. We talked about it but definitely, for sure, I’m not gonna lie about it.”
Durant also said he felt the incident could have been avoided, and he believes it is one of the main reasons he was constantly asked about his impending free agency.
“I wish that wouldn’t have happened. It was a situation that definitely could have been avoided. It really came out of nowhere,” he said. “Everybody was just looking for something to tear us down, and that just brought in the firestorm with every day being about my free agency … it opened up a lot of nonsense that could have been avoided.”
The original reason for the argument probably was not that big of a deal. Durant called out Green for not passing the ball near the end of an eventual overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in November, and the dispute spilled over into the locker room. What really created issues was when Green told Durant the Warriors don’t need him and reminded him that they won before he arrived in Golden State. That is almost certainly what Durant was referring to on “First Take.”
Ironically, the Green who told Durant the Warriors don’t need him is the same Green who supposedly called K.D. to deliver the opposite message after Golden State lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals back in 2016.
It’s possible Durant was going to leave the Warriors in free agency regardless, but his strained relationship with Green may have made the decision easier.