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Draymond Green wants media fame to surpass his Warriors feats. TNT is betting on it

It seems fitting that Draymond Green’s promising TV and media career may have been jump-started by a contentious exchange involving anger and bombast. Two exchanges, actually.

The first was an interaction between the Warriors forward and New Orleans guard Rajon Rondo during the 2018 NBA playoffs. The two players had been exchanging unpleasantries and as the teams left the court at halftime, Green and Rondo locked up in an angry stare-down.

During halftime, over a video clip of the moment, TNT studio analyst Charles Barkley said of Green, “I want to punch his ass in the face. I do.”

Barkley may have been speaking for many. Green, the Warriors’ MVP — Most Voluble Player — seldom holds back his emotions or words, on the court or off. He amuses some, enrages others.

After the game, Green, to the surprise of many, took the high road, relatively speaking.

“Lot of guys talk on TV, stand behind the microphone or TV screen,” Green said, speaking calmly to reporters. “He’s seen me a million times. If you feel that strong about it, punch me in the face when you see me. If you not going to punch me in the face when you see me, then shut up.”

That buzzworthy moment may have caused TNT talent execs to say, “Hmmm.” Two years later, after a Warriors win in the playoffs, TNT invited Green to be a guest on the postgame show with Barkley and the crew. Green jumped at the chance, and brought some laughs and basketball insights to the party.

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