There’s just not many among NBA players.
Draymond Green and LeBron are not best friends, to put it kindly, but when Green heard LeBron go after Barkley he loved it, something Green talked about on the podcast of San Jose Mercury News columnist Marcus Thompson II.
“I’m all for destroying Barkley,” Green said. “You know, Barkley talk a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship. … I think Shaq should talk about the champions. Kenny (Smith) should talk about the champions. Ernie (Johnson) can talk about the champions. When it comes time to speak about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted. You know how on … “Around the Horn” where they just ice somebody out on the screen? They should be able to do that with Barkley any time the name of a champion come up.”
The no rings argument is silly. Barkley was a phenomenal NBA player — Hall of Fame, MVP, gold medalist, 11-time All-NBA — and to question his credentials because he couldn’t beat Michael Jordan and a loaded Bulls team is ridiculous. Barkley knows the game and has the right to comment. He’s entertaining, and that’s what it’s all about.
Even if his “Get off my lawn” stitch about how the game was better when he played gets old. Fast.