Why Barkley believes Draymond should be careful with comments

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Draymond Green strongly defended Andre Drummond on Monday night, calling out the double standard of how some NBA players are treated when they demand a trade vs. how NBA teams are handled when they want to trade someone on their roster.

What is Charles Barkley's reaction to Draymond's comments?

"Draymond has to really be careful," Barkley said on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" Tuesday afternoon. "All that stuff is cute when you're winning. But when you're in last place, it's annoying. They (the Cleveland Cavaliers) are trying to protect their asset and they're gonna trade him. They're doing what's best for them.

"I think Draymond's got to start learning you can say what you want to when you're the champs and you're in first place. But when you're in last place, you become the guy who becomes annoying."

Barkley apparently believes Golden State is in last place. But the Warriors currently are the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, and they're getting fantastic production from the 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Draymond is averaging 6.6 points, 12.3 assists, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals over the last seven games, and is playing great defense overall.

Barkley also commented on where things stand with his relationship with Draymond.

"We're cool. I've said some things about him because I think that sometimes he doesn't appreciate the guys he plays with," Barkley explained. "He's a good player, I like him as a person.


"But I think sometimes he starts to think that he is a great, great player."

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Yours truly happens to believe Draymond is a great, great player. But that's a conversation for another day.

When it comes to the things the three-time NBA champion specifically said on the Drummond issue, Barkley and Simmons didn't dive into any further details.

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