Draymond Green‘s trash-talking antics Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Warriors’ second-round series against New Orleans got under Charles Barkley‘s skin, prompting Chuck to tell his TNT colleagues that he wanted to “punch his ass in the face.”
— Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) May 2, 2018
Naturally, Green fired back at Sir Charles in his postgame comments.
Draymond challenged the 55-year-old Hall of Famer to throw them hands next time they cross paths.
Draymond Green with a strong response to Charles Barkley saying he would punch him in the face pic.twitter.com/tBLRAei3zW
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 2, 2018
The All-Star forward finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists as Golden State beat the Pelicans 121-116 and took a commanding 2-0 series lead.
Per the SF Chronicle:
Warriors forward Draymond Green was his animated, vocal self in his team’s Game 2 win over New Orleans on Tuesday night. He railed at the refs and chirped in the face of several Pelicans players, from Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic to Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo.
“A lot of guys talk on TV,” Green said. “The fact of the matter is, if you feel that strongly about something … he’s seen me a million times. If you feel that strongly about it, then punch me in my face when you see me.
“If you’re not going to punch me in the face when you see me, then shut up. It’s no different from someone sitting behind a computer screen tweeting, ‘I’ll knock you out!’ and you never see them in life. Well, he’s seen me a bunch of times and he’ll see me again this year.
“Punch me in the face when you see me, or no one cares what you would have done. You’re old and it is what it is. If you ain’t going to punch me when you see me, then stop talking about it. Period.”