Draymond Green and Charles Barkley have never been known to shy away from headline-generating comments, and though they've often been the target of each other's criticism, they insist there's no beef between them.
Still, it makes for great entertainment when they do trade barbs. And the scene was set for more entertaining moments when Green joined Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith on Friday's episode of "Inside the NBA" on TNT.
As expected, it didn't take long for the jokes to ensue.
Early in the show, their seemingly contentious relationship was brought up, and the panel addressed it with plenty of humor.
"So you started it," Smith said to Barkley. "I never had any kind of beef. You started the beef."
"And I love the way you punked him," Smith told Green.
"I've seen triple-single on my Instagram too many times, man," Green responded amid plenty of laughter. "Way too many times."
The triple-single comment was in reference to a previous barb Barkley had thrown in Green's direction back in February after the Warriors' do-it-all forward was ejected in the second quarter of an eventual blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Green soon responded in fitting fashion, warning Barkley to stop talking about him and threatening to eventually take his job.
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The two explained the nature of their relationship on the debut episode of TNT's new show "The Arena" last month, for which they are co-hosts. Prior to the episode, Green said, "I think it will be good TV."
He wasn't wrong, and Friday's "Inside the NBA" episode offered more proof.
At one point, Barkley was discussing Marcus Smart's 3-point shooting and its potential negative impact on the Boston Celtics' offense.
"When you have a player out there who can't shoot, who's not a great shooter, teams know you can cheat off of that guy," Barkley said.
Nothing too controversial about that, right?
Well, Green interpreted it differently.
"Throwing shots, Chuck?" Green questioned Barkley. "Throwing shots? Taking shots at me?"
Dray thought Chuck was throwing shade at him 😂 pic.twitter.com/HRfqGw9wea— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) August 7, 2020
Green, of course, has struggled from 3-point range in recent seasons, bringing his career mark all the way down to 31.9 percent from long distance. That just so happens to be identical to Smart's career 3-point percentage.
Upon Barkley's immediate denial, Smith added more fuel to the fire.
"Hey, I thought the same thing when I heard it," Smith said. "I thought the same thing."
Barkley again denied it, before urging Green not to fall for Smith's trap.
"Dray, do not let Kenny come between us."
Like I said, great entertainment.
Given who Green and Barkley are, we can expect plenty more of it in the days and years to come.