Draymond Green is one of the most incredible players to ever play in the NBA. While his stats might not show, the truth is that his impact goes way beyond the numbers.
The Golden State Warriors forward recently watched the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz. Michael Jordan hit a midrange jumper with five seconds left, beating the Jazz in six games.
Green claimed his Warriors would have beaten both the Bulls and the Jazz. However, Charles Barkley didn’t like what he heard of the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year.
Barkley claimed Steph Curry couldn’t have taken the beatings Jordan took against the Detroit Pistons.
“The Warriors, I love what they do, but the little bodies they have, they wouldn’t last in the 70s, in the 80s. No disrespect,” the Hall of Famer said. “Think about it. Let’s be real. You know how much I love Steph Curry. Do you think he could take the beating that Michael got against the Bad Boys Pistons?”
The NBA was more physical a few decades ago, which Green didn’t take into account. While Barkley might be wrong too, one has to wonder how good Curry would be against a very physical defense.
Charles Barkley disagrees with Draymond Green
The Golden State Warriors are one of the best teams in NBA history. However, one wonders how good they would be in a much more physical age of basketball.
Barkley knows what it takes to play against extremely tough teams like the Bad Boys Pistons. He also knows what it’s like to play against Michael Jordan.
The 1993 NBA MVP explained how physical the Pistons were and how they tried to intentionally hurt other players:
“I played during this generation,” Barkley said. “I tell people when you were playing against those Bad Boys Pistons, you had to call your family and say, ‘Just in case I never see you again, I want you all to know we’re good. I love you all .’ Because these boys are trying to hurt people, so it’s something you can’t compare.”
Green may have missed that important element when he compared his Warriors to the Bulls or the Jazz. While the Warriors are amazing, they certainly aren’t as physical as some teams of a few decades ago.
Michael Jordan would be even better in today’s NBA
Barkley also hinted that Jordan would be even better in today’s NBA. The Hall of Famer thinks the GOAT would shoot even more free throws in the modern league.
Green and the Warriors could dominate the league for a few more years. They are amazing and managed to build a dynasty.
However, Draymond made an outrageous claim, saying the Warriors would beat the Jazz by 40 points. The times were different, and to make such a statement is quite outrageous.