Draymond Green Instigates Charles Barkley to Press the Guarantee Buzzer for an Anti-Mavericks Prediction

Published 06/01/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Charles Barkley attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)


Charles Barkley and his guarantees go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly. While his guarantees have become a cult classic, the Dallas Mavericks fans won’t be too pleased to see his recent press of the buzzer.

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After Utah Jazz got the better of the Grizzlies last night to take a 3-1 lead, Barkley was not only waxing lyrical about the Jazz, but he was also talking about their potential semi-final opponents between the Clippers and the Mavericks.

“Listen, they haven’t lost a game with their starting lineup. I mean, let’s be realistic, Memphis only won the first game because there was no Donovan Mitchell. And they are going to beat these guys. The Clippers? That’s going to be a great series when they play the Clippers,” said Chuck.

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May 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) holds the jersey of Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

When pressed by the Inside the NBA crewmates to explain what he meant, Barkley said, “It’s going to be the Clippers. That series is over!”

Draymond Green was a guest of the show last night in place of Shaquille O’Neal. The two were famously at loggerheads these past few years. But Green put that aside and asked his former enemy, “I’d love to see you press the button.” Seeing as it was Draymond’s first time watching him with the Guarantee buzzer, Barkley duly obliged and said, “The Mavericks are done.”

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Last night wasn’t the first time that Barkley made this prediction. After watching the Mavs get destroyed by the Clippers at their home on Sunday, he saw it coming and said, “The Mavs are in trouble. The Mavs are not going to win another game. They’re going to lose four straight.”

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On why he believes that the Mavs won’t win another game, Barkley said, “The Clippers are front-runners. Game 3 was a must-win, and what did I say tonight? This is a must-win because I have been in this situation where you won the first two games on the road. Dallas is in trouble right now.”

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May 30, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) passes around LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second quarter in game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Barkley is, of course, good friends with Mavs owner, Mark Cuban. Maybe Mark will take it personally like Michael Jordan and never call Chuck again? Or maybe the Mavs will win the next game and prove him wrong?

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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