A long, heated beef between an all-time great NBA player and a 3-time NBA Champion has finally come to an end. Charles Barkley and Draymond Green chopped it up on Tuesday to dead their beef that at times threatened physical violence.
TNT premiered it’s new NBA show The Arena as the rollout to the continued NBA season begins and in its debut, Draymond Green joined the cast of Cari Champion, Dwyane Wade, and Charles Barkley.
“I said many times I like Draymond. I do. He does annoy me at times on the court,” Chuck said during the broadcast. Draymond responded by addressing his belief that Chuck’s position gives him the ability to hurt an athlete’s pockets when he criticizes them.
Although he admits Barkley’s criticism hadn’t affected him personally after signing a 4-year $100 million extension this past offseason, Green was likely referring to times that Chuck would rant about Draymond’s attitude and his optically poor numbers that Chuck often called a “triple-single” when Green would be below 10 across the stat sheet (points, rebounds assists).
“He’s a black man, I respect him,” Draymond told Champion in response. “The issue that I had is people watch the game of basketball and they don’t know what they’re looking at. So when they look at a Chuck… they take what you’re saying and run with it.”
The segment concluded with both Green and Barkley saying that there is zero beef between them.
Barkley’s beef with Green dates back to 2018 when Chuck said on the TNT broadcast “Inside the NBA” that he wants to someone to punch Draymond in the face because of his ego.
In a post-game interview, Draymond responded to the Hall of Famer saying, “he’s seen me a million times if he feels that strongly about it then punch me in my face when you see me. If you not gon punch me in my face when you see me then shut up.”