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“Draymond Green Was Supposed to Pop LeBron James’ Junk”: When Charles Barkley Went on a Hilarious Rant to Defend the Warriors Forward

Akash Murty

"Draymond Green Was Supposed to Pop LeBron James’ Junk”: When Charles Barkley Went on a Hilarious Rant to Defend the Warriors Forward

Back in 2016, LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the biggest comeback in the history of Basketball. However, the turnaround series win for the eventual NBA champs started with a Draymond Green suspension.

In Game 4, as the Dubs were marching towards a 108-97 victory, their 6f 6” forward got into a tassel with Cavs’ forward James and got into a situation that saw him come out with a flagrant foul.

That would be his fourth cumulative fragrant of the postseason, and so by the rules, led to him missing Game 5.

Also read: Charles Barkley, who mocked San Antonio’s women, once declared Spurs’ Tim Duncan as ‘Future of NBA’

And although this might or might have been the sole reason for the Cavaliers’ comeback, Sir Charles Barkley had some choice words for the King.

When Chuck supported Draymond Green for kicking LeBron James in the groin area

Charles Barkley has been one of the most flagrant analysts for the game of basketball over the years. And even though he is also well-known for his hatred for Akron’s legend, his rant against him did not seem too much.

“When a guy steps over you, you have a moral obligation to punch him in the balls. Because that’s really disrespectful to step over a guy. You’re supposed to pop him in his junk if he steps over you like that,” Barkley said, according to Bleacher Report.

Hilarious! And ballsy, you need to have the guts to say the King of the league and global superstar deserves to get hit on his junk. But who would dare to say it, if not Chuck? Maybe his partner in crime, Shaquille O’Neal. That’s it.

What could have transpired if referees didn’t call flagrant on Draymond Green?

Had referees seen it as Chuck did, Stephen Curry and Co. might have had five championships by now and LeBron would have had one less in his trophy cabinet.

Or maybe the Warriors would not have recruited Kevin Durant the next season if they had won the 2016 championship and James would rather win the next two.

So, nothing would be the same had Draymond not missed that game due to suspension. But now, as fans, we just about like every bit of how it all turned out. Don’t we?

Also read: “LeBron James Kept Hitting 3s! What Were You Doing, Spurs?!” Skip Bayless Blames Spurs’ Defense for the King’s 39 Points, Pays Shocking Compliment

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty


An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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