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Draymond Green, Charles Barkley make amends after high-profile war of words

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 5/27/2018 Sam Amick
a basketball player with a football ball: Draymond Green scored just four points in Game 6, but had 10 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and four steals. © Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports Draymond Green scored just four points in Game 6, but had 10 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks and four steals.

OAKLAND — Draymond Green and Charles Barkley finally stepped into the same ring on Saturday night.

But nearly a month after the Golden State Warriors forward took such great exception to the TNT analyst telling his viewing audience that he wanted to "punch (Green) in the face," there was no need for boxing gloves anymore. Green was a guest on the network’s Oracle Arena set after Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, where co-host Kenny Smith played the part of mediator as the two talked about their high-profile war of words.

"No. 1, he’s never committed a foul," Barkley said when asked to explain what bothers him about Green. "I have no problem with the way he plays. I just said sometimes when he starts yelling and screaming, or he doesn’t admit he committed a foul, it drives me nuts. ... I’ve said that he would be a perfect guy to play with, but he would be annoying to play against."

Green, who had challenged the 55-year-old Hall of Famer to follow through with his threat before Barkley gave him an on-air apology, took the high road during his visit.

"To be honest with you, I don’t think any of us in the NBA has committed a foul," said, Green, whose Warriors downed Houston 115-86 to force Game 7 in Houston on Monday. "No one likes when the referees call a foul on them, but I can get bad with (arguing with the officials) at times. My mom always reminds me of it. My grandmother will say it. My uncle is really hard on me about it, so you know that could — I could understand that. Nonetheless, there’s much respect (for Barkley) from my way."

Warriors media relations man Raymond Ridder had hoped to bring even more levity to the visit by sending Green on set with a pair of boxing gloves, but he wasn’t able to find any in time.

"No need for that," Green told USA TODAY Sports with a laugh. "It was good. (Barkley) has a a job to do at the end of the day. I understand that. I’ve got a job to do. Kenny kind of broke the ice. Like I’ve always said, I’ve got respect for (Barkley). He’s great at what he does. His job is to analyze what I do, analyze my job, and I understand that it is what it is."

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