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OAKLAND — Kevin Durant seemed pretty annoyed Sunday when Charles Barkley took a shot at Draymond Green after the Warriors’ 41-point win over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
But at Monday’s practice, Durant played the role of the diplomat.
“I was ready for just about anything when it comes to Charles,” Durant said. “I know everything he says is a joke. I know he’s on TV and that’s his job. You never take anything serious. But you still got to let him know that it’s not joke time all the time. But it’s all fun and games.”
The moment in question happened when Durant joined the TNT crew’s postgame roundtable discussion after the Warriors’ 126-85 win.
“Is Draymond Green as annoying in person as he is on television?” Barkley asked.
Deadpanned Durant: “You should go talk to him, he’s downstairs.”
When Durant was asked Monday if Barkley’s comment was unfair to Green, he responded in a measured way.
“No, I wouldn’t call him — we’re grown men at the end of the day,” Durant said.
But Durant didn’t hesitate when asked if Barkley took his advice and confronted Green.
“No, I don’t think so,” Durant said.
Durant may have been diplomatic on Monday, but he was quick to defend Green the last time that Barkley insulted him.
During TNT’s halftime show during Game 2 of the Warriors’ Western Conference Semifinals series against New Orleans, Barkley said he’d like to punch Green in the face.
Green, of course, took exception to that comment, saying after Game 2, “If you’re not going to punch me in my face when you see me, then shut up.”
Barkley went on to apologize for his comment. But Durant didn’t buy it.
“No, I thought he was serious,” Durant said before Game 3 of that series. “…I don’t know why he’s so angry all the time at the new generation of basketball. But I guess that’s what it is.”
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