Charles Barkley trolls Warriors’ Draymond Green big time over Stephen Curry take

Tony Nguyen | Golden State Warriors
May 16, 2024

The Golden State Warriors had a disappointing season, by their standards, and Charles Barkley made sure to remind Draymond Green of that fact on Wednesday night.

With Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso appearing on TNT alongside the crew, talk turned to Caruso’s teammate DeMar Derozan. Once Caruso said he could have won the Clutch Player of the Year if the Bulls had more team success, the Warriors forward piped up:

Alex Caruso: “I think DeMar [DeRozan] could have won [Clutch Player of the Year]—”

Draymond Green: “Uh uh… and DeMar my guy… but he couldn’t have because Steph Curry was winning.”

Charles Barkley: “Y’all were winning? Y’all were in the Play-In.”

Leave it to Barkley to give Dray and the Warriors a hard time. One of the great things about the NBA on TNT is the chemistry that Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Ernie Johnson have. So solid is their setup that the group is able to easily add various guests like Green and not have it negatively impact the broadcast.

With the NBA TV rights up for negotiation, there’s a very real chance that this is the final year of the NBA on TNT. In fact, Bill Simmons believes that TNT being outbid by NBC has already happened.

“One of the funniest things ever is that we’re all pretending that the TV deal wasn’t done like a week and a half ago,” Simmons said on his podcast. “I think it’s done. I think Warner [Bros. Discovery] already lost it. And I don’t know why we’re waiting until after the playoffs, maybe that’s how they have to do it. But it’s a wrap. NBC’s getting it. I’m just telling you.”

Draymond Green and the Warriors disappointed in 2024

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks towards the team bench during a timeout against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter during a play-in game of the 2024 NBA playoffs at the Golden 1 Center
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It was a tough season for the Warriors.

Mike Dunleavy Jr. was clear with regard to Golden State underperforming early in his exit interview after the Warriors were eliminated in the NBA Play-In Tournament.

“Disappointed in our year. Even though we finished with more wins than last year, I thought overall we came up way short in terms of talent-wise, experience-wise, all those things,” he said. “An ownership group, front office, coaches, players all signed off on the roster to start the season, and we just got ourselves too far behind the eight-ball, frankly, as the season went along. Chased it down at the end and it was just too little, too late in a tough Western Conference.”

A significant reason why the Warriors fell so far behind that proverbial eight-ball before its late-season push was Green’s multiple suspensions. The future Hall-of-Famer missed 21 games in total for putting Rudy Gobert in a chokehold on November 14th then striking Jusuf Nurkic in the face a month later, the Warriors going 11-10 without Green before his return in mid-January.