Report: Draymond Green plays like Charles Barkley? ‘Hell no’ he says
Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group Archives Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, did not take well to being compared to Charles Barkley.
It seems Charles Barkley comparisons were completely ceased by Draymond Green on Sunday.
Quick and complete describes Green’s reported response to a question about him being the modern-day Barkley, a Basketball Hall of Famer before becoming a TNT analyst who often opines against Golden State.
“Hell no. I’m the modern-day Draymond Green,” the Warriors star replied emphatically, per ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes. “(Expletive) no.”
As is his way, Green extrapolated on the comparison to Barkley– despite also being a fiery and skilled figure much like Chuck. The reason for Green’s rejection? Upbringing.
“It was inherited,” Green said about his trash-talking nature. “I was raised by Mary Babers. In the Babers family, that’s what you do. You speak your mind. It ain’t got nothing to do with Chuck. I wasn’t a Charles Barkley fan growing up. No disrespect to Chuck. He’s a great player, but as I got older, I watched his game because I knew he was undersized and the things that he could do, I tried to add some of that stuff to my game. But nah, he didn’t influence me at all.”
That’s probably best, considering Barkley himself famously deflecting “role model” status in a Nike Air commercial.
“(Barkley) told y’all in ’90-(something) at he wasn’t your kid’s role model anyway. … So there you have it,” Green said “He wasn’t my role model. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. … That’s what you do, you talk, you talk junk during basketball. That’s how I was raised. I was raised in a family like that, so I didn’t need a Charles Barkley to influence me.”
So Green doesn’t credit Chuck backwards. But will he pay that kind of thing forward?
Asked if he tries to be a role model, Green reportedly paused and said, “I try to be. But it’s not my decision on whether I’m somebody’s role model or not, but I try to be the model citizen.”
Following his NBA years, Barkley found a favorable career in broadcasting. Though Green has previously pronounced more interest in coaching, he noted Sunday that either path may be possible.
“Obviously, I think about both of them,” he said. “I don’t know. There’s negatives and positives to both sides. Commentating, you’re not in the fire. Coaching, guys are soft and that would completely piss me off, trying to coach a soft guy. I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Green IS sure, however, about anyone who compares him to Barkley: Cut. It. Out.