Draymond Green on LeBron Ripping Charles Barkley: ‘Yeah, DESTROY HIM!’
Last week, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Lebron James stated that there was a ‘new sheriff in town’ and he would no longer be holding his tongue when it comes to critics, most notably TNT’s Charles Barkley.
Although the Cavs and Warriors have battled hard in back-to-back NBA Finals, one Golden State star is backing James 100% in his battle with Barkley.
On his new podcast “Dray Day,” Draymond Green told Bay Area News Group columnist Marcus Thompson that he was excited that James clapped back at Barkley after he was called ‘Whiny’ for wanting more help.
Green even went as far as to say that Barkley’s “Inside the NBA” colleagues Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson have the right to talk about championship players, and Barkley does not.
“I got two different views on that,” Green told Thompson. “My first view on that, when I immediately read that, as soon as I read that comment, I said, ‘Oh. … Oh. Yeah, destroy him!’ I’m all for destroying Barkley. You know, Barkley talks a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship, which I’ve stated multiple times. 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.
“They should have some type of graphic up there where you can like, you know how on, what is it, (ESPN’s debate show) ‘Around the Horn’ where they just ice somebody out on the screen?” Green said. “They should be be able to do that with Barkley any time the name of a champion comes up.”
Although he enjoyed LeBron’s clap back, he couldn’t help but say that he went a little far with the personal insults.
“I thought that was incredible when I first read that,” Green said. “Then, I looked back to see what Barkley said, and then my reaction was like, ‘Ah, ‘Bron. I don’t know if you needed to go that deep, ‘Bron.’ For me to feel like that about Charles Barkley, ‘Bron really had to cut deep. He went deep for something that wasn’t as deep.”
Green went on to state how LeBron’s reaction was just a build-up of all the criticism he has been getting, even when he didn’t actually deserve it.
“It was an accumulation of things, though,” Green said. “So when you look at the accumulation of things, how long Barkley been on TNT now? Probably 10 years? Just say 10. (Barkley joined “Inside the NBA” in 2001.) So this is what, year 15 for ‘Bron? (This year marks James’ 14th season in the NBA.) So we go short end of the stick and say 10, that’s 10 years ‘Bron been listening to this guy just ramble, ramble, ramble. He just be yapping.
“So when I heard that, I said, ‘Okay, kill him ‘Bron.’ I like that. I like to see somebody destroy Charles Barkley like that. Then I stepped back and I said, ‘Okay, that’s a little too far ‘Bron.’ Then I thought about it again and I was like, ‘Hmmm. That’s an accumulation of stuff.’ Hey, may the best man win, and I think ‘Bron won that one.”