Draymond vs Barkley - We're With Draymond

Draymond vs Barkley - We're With Draymond

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Draymond vs Barkley - We're With Draymond

Draymond Green has the upper hand and the moral high ground in this very important social justice war between two very important people.

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If Walt Frazier was a national analyst on NBA broadcasts in 1991 and said that he’d like to punch Michael Jordan in the face if he had to play against him, how do we think Michael Jordan would have responded?

Spartan legend Draymond Green finds ways to get himself into hot water fairly regularly.

And it’s hard for me to “defend” Green when he gets slapped with a 9th technical foul in a game for kicking opponents, throwing balls into the stands, throwing temper tantrums featuring somersaults across the court in protest of a call that went against him, and standing up on the post game press conference podium and doing a very funny-yet-insulting impersonation of Tryonn Lue eating breakfast (pancakes and bacon).

However, in this latest flap that Draymond Green is embroiled in, I am with the man and I’m with him in a pretty big way.

Charles Barkley – excuse me, Sir Charles Barkley – is a scion and sage of the NBA (and, indeed, American society) these days.

His wisdom and wit have turned him into a modern day combination of Norm from Cheers, Howard Cosell, Al McGuire, The Czar of the Telestrator (Mike Fratello), Snapper Jones, Bill Walton, Ronald Reagan, Dr. Jack Ramsay, and George Will.

And while it’s probably unAmerican for me to dare to suggest that Sir Charles Barkley might be wrong here with the way he’s poked Draymond Green, I’m going to, in fact, suggest exactly that.

If you’ve been on Mars or if you’re someone like me and you do whatever you can do to stay as far away from anything having to do with the NBA, you might have missed the little fracas that bubbled up between these two fellows.

Draymond Green did something.

And so Sir Charles Barkley thought the right and fair analysis would consist of saying that he’d punch Draymond in the face if he was there when Draymond did that thing that he did.

I’ve scoured the interweb for the best overview of this red hot scandal and I have decided that Ty Simpkins of The Fumble wins the award for best rundown, reporting, and analysis of the little cat fight between these two billionaire basketball people.

Give yourself a briefing of the tiff – and enjoy Ty’s overall abilities right here –

Sir Charles Barkley gets paid a lot of money to talk about basketball.

And because of that he’s a very important person.

We all know this.

Draymond Green gets paid a lot of money to play basketball.

And because of that he’s also a very important person.

We know this too.

Sir Charles Barkley issues an apology for saying the things he said after Draymond did the thing that he did and Sir Charles Barkley is now going to become more important since he’s showing that he’s a really smart and really important person who understands so many things.

Sal Paolantonio has worked at ESPN for 74 years and he’s even more important than either Sir Charles Barkley or Draymond Green.

If you doubt the importance of Sal Paolantonio, just look at the bifocals he wears on his face in the video below – those are bifocals that only an important man would wear.

Sal Paolantonio appears as a guest analyst on a very important TV program on ESPN that is hosted by three of the most important people in America (Mike Greenblatt, Michael Beatles, and Chris Webber).

Together, these important people break down the way in which Sir Charles Barkley apologized for saying the things he said after Draymond did the thing he did –

If there ever was a Pulitzer Prize worthy group of important people, it’s the people in this morning sports tv show.

And maybe we can all move on from the issues between Draymond Green and Sir Charles Barkley.

Or, I can keep writing articles about it, important TV people can keep talking about it, and lots of other important people can keep on talking about it because that’s how things work.

But back to Michael Jordan and how he’d react to Walt Frazier if Walt Frazier would have said that he’d have punched Jordan in the face if Jordan would have done something.

Jordan would probably have gone over to Frazier’s house, grabbed Clyde, dragged him to the nearest outdoor basketball court, and forced Frazier to compete in a best-of-seven one-on-one matchup right then and there.

And it would have been a Jordan sweep.

And that would have been that.

Draymond – I’m with you on the way you responded to Sir Charles Barkley.

Sir Charles Barkley – keep on being the very important person you are and keep on flapping your big, fat mouth because you say things that are very important.  Even Sal Paolantonio references this as he waxes poetic about how sports is the lens through which we all exist together as a functioning society.

Michael Beatles points out, astutely, that Sir Charles Barkley isn’t a journalist and for this he should be given a very special award because it demonstrates how he is very important.

But, as we wind this down, let’s do two things.

Let’s –

A) Give it up for Ty Simpkins. For obvious reasons that need not even be chronicled.

and

B) Pay tribute to the way guys used to settle issues resulting from flaps and and issues by watching Dr J and Larry Bird show everyone how it’s done.  And you don’t really even have to look all that closely to see how Dr J is able to get a clean shot right at Bird’s kisser – Sir Charles Barkley holds Bird around the neck from behind and then removes himself just as the fracas becomes truly intense…..

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