How Draymond really feels sharing TNT stage with Barkley

Draymond Green

Draymond Green of course wants to play many more years in the NBA. He recently turned 31 years old, still is one of the top defenders in the league and gets the Warriors' offense churning as their main facilitator. 

However, it's clear Draymond already has a career path once he's done lacing up his sneakers. He was a natural last season when he joined TNT's "Inside the NBA" and hopes to continue doing so once he's done with his playing career. 

"Man, I hope to be in that position," Green said to Grant Liffmann and Kendra Andrews on the latest episode of the Dubs Talk podcast. "Throughout the bubble last year, I was able to get a lot of experience down there at TNT. I'm very thankful for the opportunity."

The Warriors' do-it-all forward said he had the time of his life and learned so much every time the camera turned on. His charisma shined bright, joining the likes of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. The question was, how would Green gel with Barkley? 

Draymond admits he had those same concerns. The two have had public beef in the past and now were slated with being co-workers.

"I had so much fun doing that," Green said. "The only thing I can think of when I was first doing it was, 'Man, I gotta be on the stage with Chuck.' I don't like Chuck. He's always talking this and talking that."

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Truth is, they worked out perfectly. Both are big, boisterous personalities who believe in their opinions. They also appeared to like each other much more than many expected. 


It's clear Green respects Barkley, no matter what the two have said about each other in the past. 

"Chuck is great ... He's probably even had a better TV career than basketball," Green said. "He's a Hall of Famer, so that's saying a lot. I'd be honored, and I am honored, to even be mentioned in the same breath because he's taken that TV role and taken it to an entirely different level than I'm sure they even thought he would."

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