Did you really think Charles Barkley wasn't going to respond?
Following a few jabs from Warriors forward Draymond Green on Friday, the "NBA on TNT" analyst fired back as part of an interview during Tuesday's edition of "The Dan Patrick Show." Green previously told reporters he was going to take Barkley's job and claimed Barkley wasn't "smart" or "qualified" enough to talk basketball at his level.
Barkley dismissed Green's comments with what amounted to a verbal pat on the head.
"My job is safe," Barkley said. "Draymond Green is a nice guy. I like Draymond. He's a good player. But you know what he is? He's like the guy in the boy band who's the least important member, and he thinks the crowd is, like, cheering for him. He doesn't realize he's standing next to Justin Timberlake.
"He's the least famous person in the boy band, and he thinks he's a star. ... Enjoy being in the band because you're never gonna have any hit singles."
"He's the least famous person in the boy band, and he thinks he's a star. And he's not. He's lucky to be in the boy band. He thinks all the girls are screaming for him. No, they're screaming for Justin Timberlake.”— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) March 10, 2020
-Charles Barkley on Draymond Green
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The Hall of Famer indicated the back-and-forth with Green was all in good fun because he just likes "messing" with him. That didn't stop him from sneaking in another shot before Patrick moved on to another topic, though.
"He don't have a face for TV. He's got a face for radio," Barkley said. "So he's not gonna get my TV gig."
Aside from the Green talk, Barkley also discussed the impact of the coronavirus on fan attendance at sporting events, the NBA MVP race and how he is selling his own memorabilia in order to help his hometown.
You can watch Barkley's full interview with Patrick below.