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Kendrick Perkins done with Charles Barkley slander from Draymond Green

Kendrick Perkins done with Charles Barkley slander from Draymond Green

Draymond Green already has a problem with Charles Barkley.

And now, he might have an issue with Kendrick Perkins, too.

Near the end of episode No. 6 of "The Last Dance" documentary on the Chicago Bulls that aired Sunday night, Perkins took to Twitter.

He posted this because the show featured the 1993 NBA Finals between Michael Jordan's Bulls and Barkley's Phoenix Suns.

Over the course of the series, Barkley -- who was named NBA MVP that season -- averaged 27.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.2 steals. Unfortunately for him:

The Bulls won in six games.

"I have no problem losing to Michael," Barkley said in the show. "Losing to Michael -- there's no shame in that. Sports are like a gun fight. And we lost to the fastest gun."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]
 

Draymond, of course, has reminded people over the years about how the Hall of Famer never won an NBA title.

"Barkley should stop (talking about me) before I go take his job, though," Draymond told reporters in early March. "Because I can do that well, too. He needs that job so he should stop talking (about) me.

"I have a tendency to end people, so he should stop before I take his job. If he keeps talking, I'll take it soon. Sooner than he thinks. So he probably should be quiet.

"He also can't talk basketball with me. Not smart enough, not qualified, no rings -- can't sit at this table."

[RELATED: Draymond sends message to haters, puts pressure on self]

Draymond is very smart and knows that Barkley was an incredible basketball player. But he likes to bring up that Sir Charles doesn't have a championship ring because, well, that's just what you do when you're talking trash.

Also -- it's personal for Draymond.

"As someone who may do TV after I'm done playing ... I'm always the guy trying to look out for the young guy," he explained on Showtime's "All the Smoke" podcast last month. "Speak the truth on basketball. Speak the facts. But I think we all know -- and it's no secret -- that Charles Barkley don't study basketball. Charles Barkley get up there and talk out the side of his neck.

"I don't have an issue with somebody critiquing my game -- critique my game all you want ... but he like to throw shots and s--t. And it's like, bro, the jealousy gotta step. I'm a young black man that came up after you. You essentially paved the way. Appreciate the way that you paved and stop f--king hating."

Perkins has said some very nice things about Draymond recently, so you probably shouldn't expect any type of response from the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

But you never know.

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Warriors' Draymond Green reveals two 'sleeper' teams in Orlando bubble

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals two 'sleeper' teams in Orlando bubble

Who is going to reach the 2020 NBA Finals?

The majority of the basketball world believes the LA Clippers or Los Angeles Lakers will advance from the Western Conference, and either the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors will punch the Eastern Conference's ticket.

Is there a "sleeper" in the West who could shock everybody? According to Warriors forward Draymond Green, that team is the Houston Rockets.

"They got Russ (Russell Westbrook), they got James (Harden) -- who obviously can both go for 40 or 50 on any given night," he said on "The Steam Room" podcast. "They got a bunch of shooters and they're going to create proglems for people, because they're playing this switching defense.

"And the first thing that people try to do -- we saw it the other day -- you try to pound the ball inside. You're not just gonna run James Harden over on the post. You're not just gonna run P.J. Tucker over. A lot of teams will make that mistake and Houston can be really sneaky."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

And the Miami Heat are Draymond's sleeper pick in the East.

"They play really hard, they got guys that are tied together," the three-time NBA champion explained. "They got my guy Andre (Iguodala), who we know during the Finals and playoffs is great. The only thing with the Heat is they struggle at times to find consistent scoring.

"But they got a lot of talent, a lot of pieces."

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

Yours truly wouldn't be shocked at all if the Rockets reach the NBA Finals, but would be stunned if the Heat get that far. 

But ultimately, anything can happen when there is no homecourt advantage.

The playoffs are going to be a blast.

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Warriors' Draymond Green explains why he doesn't miss basketball now

Warriors' Draymond Green explains why he doesn't miss basketball now

Draymond Green last played in an NBA game Feb. 27. And he was on the court only for 10 minutes because he was ejected in the second quarter.

The Warriors forward last played at least 30 minutes in a game on Feb. 12, which was Golden State's final game before the All-Star break.

As you know, the Dubs are not playing in the Orlando bubble. And it's highly unlikely they participate either in a second bubble in Chicago or in a team minicamp at Chase Center.

So what has it been like for Draymond with nothing to do basketball wise?

"Honestly, it's been great," he told Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson on "The Steam Room" podcast. "I've had a lot of fun spending time with my family. I've gotten to know my fiancée better. I've gotten to know my kids better. That's been amazing.

"From a basketball standpoint -- I gotta be honest with you -- I don't necessarily miss playing basketball, because it's been such a long run that my body could use the break.

"But what I miss is competing at the highest level. The playoff basketball, playing in the Finals -- I miss that. Being able to compete at the highest level against the best players in the world."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

You can't blame the three-time NBA champion for wanting an extended breather. From 2015 to 2019, he suited up for 104 of the Warriors' 105 playoff games (he was suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals), averaging 37.7 minutes per night.

Draymond has dealt with various ailments over the last couple of years, and needed to refresh his body and mind. He knows the Dubs still are months away from reconvening, and starting the quest to climb back to the top of the mountain.

[RELATED: Why Draymond is 'strongly against' a second NBA bubble]

But don't get it twisted. The 30-year-old is extremely motivated to be an All-Star again, and would love nothing more than to capture a fourth Larry O'Brien Trophy.

"When you go to the Finals, everybody is watching -- including the best basketball players in the world that (are not) in that game," he said. "That's always the most fun time to me, and I miss that."

If Draymond delivers on his personal goals, the Warriors just might get back to basketball's biggest stage in 2021.

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