Charles Barkley Mocks Warriors in Draymond Green Presence

Basketball icons share a light-hearted on-air exchange.

by Nouman Rasool
Charles Barkley Mocks Warriors in Draymond Green Presence
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In a development that has the basketball world buzzing, the announcement earlier this week that basketball legends Charles Barkley, a Hall of Fame inductee, and Golden State Warriors' stalwart Draymond Green would co-host an alternative broadcast for the NBA All-Star Game sparked widespread anticipation.

The dynamic between Charles Barkley and Green has long been a source of fascination and entertainment, marked by a complex blend of rivalry and camaraderie. This relationship became particularly pronounced during the Warriors' challenging 2019-20 season, capturing the attention of fans and media alike.

The anticipation for their on-air collaboration reached a fever pitch, but the duo didn't wait for the game day to deliver on the expected fireworks. The prelude to their banter unfolded on Saturday when Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics' forward, joined the TNT set for a discussion that veered into the Warriors' 2022 NBA Finals victory, which Green played a crucial part in.

Brown hinted at a potential Finals rematch this season, prompting Barkley to seize the moment with his trademark wit.

Charles Barkley's Playful Jab

Charles Barkley's interjection, "First of all, (Green) won't be there," was delivered with a straight face, sparking laughter from Brown and a playful retort from Green, who exclaimed, "Wow, you're one to talk!" This exchange underscored Charles Barkley's own NBA journey, which saw him reach the Finals once in 1993 with the Phoenix Suns, only to fall to the Chicago Bulls.

Despite the Warriors' recent surge, winning eight out of their last ten games, they approached the All-Star break with a record of 27–26, positioning them 10th in the Western Conference. This backdrop adds another layer to Charles Barkley's ribbing, highlighting the competitive spirit and enduring appeal of these two NBA personalities.

As the basketball community looks forward to their commentary during the All-Star Game, this interaction serves as a tantalizing preview of the blend of insight and entertainment they are set to offer.

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