The Heavyweight Trash Talking Matchup of the Century: Barkley vs Draymond
When it comes to the Association, there are elites in every category of the game. From dunkers to shooters, scorers to defenders, rebounders to passers, yet there is one particular aspect of the game that many forget to mention… Trash Talkers. Yes, the ability to get under your opponents’ skin in a way that can completely derail their entire game.
In years past, we’ve seen great Trash Talkers who not only speak their mind on the court but off the court as well. Calling opposing players out, calling media members out, calling coaches out, the whole nine yards.
In today’s game, we haven’t seen or heard it AS much as before, but with social media outlets, one tweet (See Joel Embiid vs. Karl-Anthony Towns) can lead to a heated confrontation.
Speaking of heated confrontations, the Supreme Trash Talker embraces the heat of the moment, relishing in the fact that he is making everyone around him uncomfortable.
The Trash Talker loves to get their opponent and or target off their rocker. They love the reaction, love seeing a boiling point, seeing their target getting pushed to the brink of self-destruction due to the heated exchange.
Does it always result in punches being thrown? No. But is it always close to that point? Damn Near. Recently, two of the most elite trash talkers the league has ever seen have been going at it, back and forth exchanging blows, haymakers, and clean shots.
In one corner, we have Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, the best trash talker of today’s game. Infamous for his loud barking at opponents with no remorse, no matter who he is targeting, it can be someone like Paul Pierce who once tried clowning Draymond from the bench in 2017, the end result was not pretty for Pierce.
It also made for a soundbite that was so impactful, ESPN made a whole segment dedicated to Dray’s smack-talking tactics.
Or someone like LeBron James, after winning the 2017 Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Green responded to the Cavs by wearing a shirt with the phrase “Quickie” inspired by the Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena font.
Draymond has been criticized throughout the years for being too much. But he thrives off it, his resume can speak for itself, for the most part, he does back it up (3x Champion, Defensive Player of the Year, 3x NBA All-Star). For Draymond talking smack is second nature. He feels almost unmatched, that is… until someone counterpunches.
Especially if the counterpuncher is a heavyweight power forward, an icon in not only the sport but the media and broadcasting booth. Listed as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, a Hall of Famer, Former MVP in the Jordan Era, a man who once said, “If you go out with a girl and they say she has a great personality, she’s ugly. If they tell you a guy works hard, he can’t play a lick. Same thing.”
After Draymond got ejected against the Lakers in early March, Barkley roasted Green by mentioning that he notched his usual “triple-single,” a jab at the lowly Warriors and a heated Draymond Green after a call did not go his way.
Barkley also threw in a few flurries at the Warriors forward due to his lack of play and trash talk when All-Star teammates Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are not in the lineup.
Sir Charles has had a long-running bone to pick with Draymond Green after Dray’s comments towards replacing Charles in the TNT booth. Since the Warriors’ first title run in 2015.
When Barkley told the crew on Inside the NBA that a jump-shooting team will never win a title.
Draymond didn’t take too much offense to the opinion of the Chuckster. Green and the Warriors proved Barkley wrong by winning the title in 2015.
The Beef stirred back up in 2016, with subtle jabs between Barkley and Green. After game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals. A game in which the Warriors took a commanding 3-1 Lead vs. the Cavs, Draymond snuck in a few flurries by telling the crew on NBA TV, that Barkley is essentially hating on the Warriors and picks against them in almost every game. Barkley fires back by commenting on Draymond’s often high kicks on his rebounds that lead to someone getting hit.
After those exchanges by the two trash talkers, in May of 2018, The Warriors were taking on the New Orleans Pelicans. During halftime, Charles Barkley was fed up with Green getting into players’ faces, and exclaimed that he literally wanted to clock Draymond right between the eyes. Green responded to Chuck post-game, by telling him to shut up, and stop talking about it and be about it.
This is where it all heats up. 2020.
After multiple “triple-single” jokes, Draymond was fed up. Fed up by Barkley taking jabs at his playstyle and his team not being on top of the West. After a member of the media asked a question about Barkley’s comments and chatter. Green fired away with a few hard shots saying Barkley is not qualified to talk basketball with him. A stunning shot at the Hall of Famer.
Instead of an angered response, Barkley responded in a comical way, which was just as hard as a 1-2 punch from Mike Tyson. Barkley called Green the least important member of a famous boy band.
This has been a smack talk matchup of the century. Comical, yet real. Such a balance of hard-hitting comments and subtle shots. No one really went over the line here, but I am very curious to see who will crack first.
Now, who is the true winner of this heavyweight bout? Both sides have their valid points. Both have pretty much exhausted every diss, every joke, and every burn in the book. But there is only one winner in this matchup.
After 12 rounds of smack talk, the winner is Sir Charles Barkley. The Hall Of Famer has accomplished feats that Draymond would not be able to achieve individually because, in smack talk, it is 1 v 1, mono a mono.
Yes, Draymond has the rings, but that is also due to the fact that he has played with three of the greatest shooters ever in Curry, Thompson, and Durant. A lot of those triple-double games have been credited to having so many threats on the court at once.
Barkley, on the other hand, has been with great teams but was also the leader/alpha on those teams. Draymond will never be a top 5 to 10 player in the NBA. But you know damn well Barkley was. The Round Mound of Rebound takes this matchup.
Let us know what you think of the Barkley-Dray Beef! Who do you guys think won?