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Charles Barkley fires back at Draymond Green with boy band analogy

Charles Barkley fires back at Draymond Green with boy band analogy

You knew Charles Barkley was going to have a response to Draymond Green's harsh words last week.

It was automatic.

So what did Barkley say about the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

"I think he's a good player and a great guy," Barkley said to TMZ Sports. "I like messing with him but he's got the perfect face for radio.

"He don't have a TV face. He don't have a TV face. He could do the job but he don't have a face for TV. He's got a face for radio."

Come on now, Sir Charles. That's a very old joke. We need a better response! 

We got just that when Barkley was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning.

"My job is safe. Draymond Green is a nice guy. You know what he is? He's like the guy in the boy band who's the least important member," the Hall of Famer said. "He doesn't realize he's standing next to Justin Timberlake.

"He's the least famous person in the boy band, and he thinks he's a star. And he's not. He's lucky to be in the boy band. He thinks all the girls are screaming for him. No, they're screaming for Justin Timberlake.

"Enjoy being in the band because you're never gonna have any hit singles ... I like messing with him."

[RELATED: Draymond to miss sixth straight game, won't play vs. Clips]

Well played, Mr. Barkley. Well played. Funny stuff.

Would the 1993 NBA MVP trade his career for Draymond's?

"No. My career is what it is. I was a great player," Barkley said. "I didn't win a championship. But there's a lot of guys who didn't win a championship that are much better than some of these guys who get championship rings."

That is true.

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NBA G League Walnut Creek team inspires creative names on Twitter

NBA G League Walnut Creek team inspires creative names on Twitter

The Warriors left Oakland last year for San Francisco, and a new professional basketball team is on its way to the Bay Area

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Monday that Walnut Creek will host the NBA G League's Pro Pathway team. 

With the news hitting social media Monday, the real question is, what will this team be named? Let me interject. 

That team is better left for Atherton. Here are some better, more creative, names for Walnut Creek's future G League team. 

Walnut Creek's team will be headlined by top prospect Jalen Green, who played his high school ball locally at Napa's Prolific Prep. Oakland native Brian Shaw, who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season, was named head coach.

[RELATED: Why Warriors GM Myers got Forrest Gump nickname at UCLA]

The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. It also is unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how Walnut Creek competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.

If they are allowed to safely attend games, though, Warriors general manager Bob Myers should be spending plenty of time in Walnut Creek next season.

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What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

The Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Shortly thereafter, Tom Thibodeau -- who coached Wiggins for multiple seasons in Minnesota -- visited Golden State's facility in San Francisco.

Naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pick Thibs' brain.

“We had just traded for Andrew Wiggins and he was really helpful,’’ Kerr told Marc Berman of The New York Post over the weekend. “I had a long conversation with [Thibodeau] about Andrew.

"He gave me some good advice on ways to connect with Andrew, how much he enjoyed coaching him and why."

The chat certainly helped.

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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“He showed some X’s and O’s and went over some actions they ran for [Wiggins],” Kerr said. “Some of the things they were trying to do."

The Warriors' coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw from the 25-year-old in a short amount of time, and are confident he will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

[RELATED: Why Hardaway believes Wiggins trade was great for Warriors]

Wiggins fills a need on the wing, and the goal is for him to become a lock-down defender.

"I was particularly pleased with his defense, especially on the ball," assistant coach Ron Adams told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in early June. "I just thought he did a really good job. And against the best players in the league, he really enjoys playing against them and actually picks his game up when he did play against those guys.

“The sky’s the limit for this guy."

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