Since the Golden State Warriors became the team of the 2010s starting with their first championship in 2015, All-Star big man and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to take shots at former league MVP and beloved TNT analyst Charles Barkley.
Green and Sir Charles have been in a war of words for the last few months. Barkley said Green is similar to the least popular member of a boy band who is just along for the ride. Green has insisted that Barkley’s lack of rings and basketball IQ do not make him qualified to have “a seat at the table.”
The numbers say otherwise.
Let’s get one thing straight here: Draymond Green is really good at what he does. He's been one of the best defenders in the NBA and an uncommonly good facilitator for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as a small ball center in crunch time -- but this is Charles Barkley we are talking about here. The same Charles Barkley who led the '92 Dream Team in scoring, then took a prime Michael Jordan Bulls team to six games in the 1993 Finals. His Phoenix Suns were one John Paxson three-pointer away from forcing a fateful seventh game.
Luckily, fans can watch T'he Last Dance" to jog their memories about how great the Chuckster was.
If we’re all being honest with ourselves here, Green cannot hold a candle to the Round Mound of Rebound. Barkley is one of the truly great players in the history of the game, an unforgettable Dream Team star, an 11-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA player to go along with his 1993 MVP award. Barkley may have three fewer rings than Green and a lot less defensive prowess, but he was a ferocious competetitor who could take over games by himself.
And no one could ever take that away from him.