Draymond Green is one of the most unique players in the NBA today, with his ability to guard all five positions, protect the rim, and create on the offensive end. His wide array of skills is part of what makes this version of the Warriors work so well. 

Still, despite his original style, it’s common nature for people to want to draw comparisons to players from years past, and one of those that some compare Green to is Charles Barkley. 

Green, however, would disagree. Speaking with ESPN’s Chris Haynes on Sunday, Green made it explicitly clear that he does not agree with that line of thinking. Via ESPN:

When asked after practice Sunday if he’s the modern-day Barkley, the Golden State Warriors‘ All-Star highly objected.

“Hell no,” he responded promptly. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. F— no.”

“[Chuck] told y’all in ’90-what that he wasn’t your kid’s role model anyway. … So there you have it,” Green pointed out. “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.”

Well then. 

Note to self: If you ever talk to Draymond Green, do not bring up any sort of comparison to another player, especially Charles Barkley. 


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